The Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat have the chance to match up in the Eastern Conference finals in two weeks, and the possibility of playing former teammate Dwyane Wade is actively on LeBron James’s mind.
Asked about playing against Miami in the next round, James admitted that the thought has come up.
“I think naturally of course. That's since I've came back,” James said via Cleveland.com. “It'd be great to play against those guys in the postseason. Throughout my whole career, I've always wanted to go against (Dwyane) Wade in a playoff series. We've always talked about it even before we became teammates in '10. It's not been heavy on my mind but it's crossed my mind throughout my whole career.”
James and Wade played together with the Heat from 2010–2014, winning NBA championships in 2012 and 2013. The two have also talked about their friendship over the last few years, and James said that Wade’s play so far during the playoffs has had a positive affect on him.
“Anytime one of my best friends is able to go out there and perform the way he performs, it's definitely motivating,” James said. “I was looking forward to Game 1 after watching him in Game 6, you know, the way he was able to close that game out. And obviously he just, and they all gritted last night. Not only Miami, but Toronto. It was a slugfest watching that game and they were able to pull it out as well. But anytime I'm able to watch my guys do work is definitely motivating for sure.”