*insert 'awwww' face here*
I can't begin to express how smitten I get when I see Dwyane Wade and LeBron James show the world how close they are on and off the court. Non-Miami Heat fans will take any opportunity to act or speak negatively about them, even when they are being genuine about each other in the media. After last night's Game 5 win against the Chicago Bulls, which advanced the Miami Heat to the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron had a lot of things to say in Dwyane Wade's defense at the post game press conference: "He's a Hall of Famer, he has two rings, he doesn't have to prove himself to anyone, no one," along with "I really don't care for the trash talk he receives." These two stick up for each other more so than any teammates in the NBA.
Which brings me to this: Rumors are swirling that LeBron will leave Miami once Wade does, but I have to respectfully disagree. Remember when Wade was alone on the Heat after the first championship? He was a tremendous player on a team that lacked the talent and strength to make it a second time. Wade became a free agent in 2010 and Pat Riley (the mastermind himself) knew he couldn't lose the star of the team. Instead, he brought his star some serious talent and helped start an incredible dynasty. The fact that Pat Riley made it possible for his star to be satisfied then and get him the proper tools says A LOT about how he runs things.
Wade has unselfishly handed the 'torch' to LeBron and that is also a huge part of why I don't think LeBron will be leaving Miami. All of us Heat fans know that the blood, sweat, and tears are that of Dwyane Wade's; the way he willingly stepped down to let LeBron shine shows the utmost respect he has for him and a willingness to make the team stronger. Once Wade eventually makes the decision to retire (may I add a sad day that will be), it will technically be LeBron's team and Pat Riley will make sure to keep him happy just like he did with Wade. Mark my words! Not to mention, Wade and LeBron are such close friends that I'm sure they will want to remain close on a personal level. I mean come on, Wade can be the new Alonzo Mourning sitting behind the bench at home games cheering them on (well, that's my vision at least)! They are brothers, and with Pat Riley behind the scenes I think LeBron is here to stay for a while.
Fun fact: When the Heat won the title in 2012, Dwyane Wade and some others from the team went on a yacht trip and Wade cut the trip short so he could support LeBron in the London Olympics. My sources say that Wade walked into the arena where Team USA was playing, LeBron saw Wade and gave the old 'head-nod' and smiled. LeBron then continued to beast on the court.
Point is, their friendship doesn't just make me all warm and fuzzy inside, but it truly shows they are so much more than just teammates. *sigh*