One of the game’s greats paired up with a good friend last week in an effort to prepare for the much lauded 2016 NBA Playoffs.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, James was asked by multiple reporters why he went to Miami last week to work out with Dwyane Wade, one of his former teammates.
What the media is alluding to, as well as the comments on social media, mostly made by dissentious fans, is all false propaganda. Yes, LeBron didn’t play in a regular season game against the Washington Wizards—but he worked out, to changeover into Zero Dark Thirty mode.
Do we forget San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich repeatedly rests Tim Duncan to save him for the playoffs? Pop resting Duncan isn’t a recent trend, unless you’ve been under a rock, rather, it’s been going on for years.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr just rested Steph Curry against the Atlanta Hawks. While it is true Curry sprained his ankle against the Oklahoma City Thunder the previous game, he did, in fact, come back in the very same game, and manage to drop a measly 46 points. So did Kerr really rest Curry because of his ankle? Or did Kerr want to rest the player who is having the most spectacular season of all current NBA greats?
Granted, it is obvious, why people disagree with LeBron working out with his close friend, former teammate in Wade.
Let’s layout the obvious: LeBron used to play with the Heat and they won two NBA championships together. Though, in 2010, LeBron left the Cavs in a bittersweet fashion, announcing his decision on a show entitled “The Decision,” he still managed to come back to the city that cultivated him a few years later.
But, while in Miami, it would be disingenuous to say LeBron didn’t establish some impeccable bonds while winnings championships. One of those bonds is with Wade, who was drafted with LeBron in 2003. So we shouldn’t act as if LeBron and Wade have never worked out together, before.
It is well documented that Wade and LeBron have become brothers, so to see the two working out together shouldn’t be of a surprise.
“In 2010, we decided to come together all for one goal — to win championships and we succeeded,” Wade said to the New York Daily News. “We were friends when we first joined the league and created an unbreakable bond the past four years. Our collaboration will always be very special to me both personally and professionally. We shared something unique and he will always be part of my family,” Wade said to the New York Daily News.”
One could consistently watch the NBA and quickly figure out the league is like a fraternity. And, quite honestly, this makes more sense when comparing the league with the other leagues simply because those leagues have substantially more players.
Any NBA enthusiast should know Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan are very good friends. Would it behoove someone to think those two former greats didn’t reminisce about old times amid the NBA season? I don’t think so.
Oh okay, I get it, we are in the social media era, right? Baby boomers and even those younger, should get over the use of social media. After all, your children and friends are teaching you how to use it, because, yes, you are infatuated with new technology.
Simply put, in the end, and this goes for all generations, fans care more about rivalries than players do. So don’t expect NBA players that you love to watch to impose internal strife amongst each other. Just enjoy watching the game and neglect any player social media use. (Laughing out loud)
The Miami Heat didn’t make the playoffs last season, but the Cavaliers journeyed all the way to the NBA Finals, where LeBron averaged 35.8 points, 8.8 assists and 13.3 rebounds.
The Quintessential Gentleman