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December 25, 2014 Updates

Wade did what a friend should do: There was no pressure, no sales pitch, nor were there constant calls requesting updates. He allowed James to make a life-altering, career-defining decision without the extra distractions. "He gave me all the space I wanted," James said. "He never pressured me. For him, he never wanted to put anything professional in between our friendship. Because at the end of basketball, we still have to live our lives afterwards. I plan on joining him again in some capacity when we're done hooping." Cleveland Plain Dealer

But how did that friendship blossom to what it is today? "I have no idea, man. I have no idea," James said while shaking his head. "From Day 1, when we saw each other at predraft camp in 2003, man we just clicked. I can't even explain it. "Our relationship is way, way beyond basketball. People forget that we spent seven years without each other and four years together. Our friendship is even stronger now." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Miami Heat president Pat Riley did everything he could to try to convince LeBron James to re-sign only to watch him return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dwyane Wade didn't even bother trying to recruit James to stay with the Heat. "I didn't make a sales pitch to LeBron to come to Miami and I didn't make a sales pitch when he left," Wade said. "LeBron James makes his own decision. What is me coming to him with a sales pitch going to do? "I looked at the situation he was put in and I don't know too many people who wouldn't have made the same decision that he did. There was no reason to make a sales pitch." Yahoo! Sports

"We went to Vegas together and I can kind of tell that he had stuff on his mind," Wade said. "You obviously don't know until someone tells you. I knew he had stuff that was weighing on him. I know he had a decision to make. I just didn't know what the decision was going to be. "I didn't have no sales pitch, man. I had no sales pitch at all. I take my teammate self out of it when it comes to friendship and it comes to telling someone else the truth. My whole thing for him, which I told him several times, do what is best for LeBron James. It's a simple as that." Yahoo! Sports

December 24, 2014 Updates
December 23, 2014 Updates

How frequently do they speak? "Very often, man," Wade said. "I think we talk as much as you can ever talk to one of your best friends, whether it's about basketball or it's about (James' sons) Bronny and Bryce and (Wade's sons) Zaire and Zion and so on. It's what we do, and what we've always done—even before we became teammates, when [there] were articles back then saying, 'How can these guys be so close and still compete against each other?' " Bleacher Report

December 22, 2014 Updates

"It's going to be a mixture," Wade said of how he anticipates fans will respond to James. "How I think he should be received is a little bit different. The man helped take us to places we've only been once before he got here. So I think he should be received very well for that at the start of the game. And then, when the game [starts], then do what you've got to do." ESPN.com

December 21, 2014 Updates

Jason Lieser: Wade (bruised knee) is out. Heat to start Cole, Chalmers, Deng, Williams & Andersen vs Boston. Twitter @PBPjasonlieser

December 17, 2014 Updates
December 11, 2014 Updates

The elementary-school kids emulating that batch of "next Jordans" now are in their 20s, filling up NBA rosters. Debates of Bryant, Carter (now with the Memphis Grizzlies) and McGrady (retired but discussing a comeback) now are tinged with nostalgia. "For sure, there's no question; he definitely won that debate," said Lakers shooting guard Wayne Ellington, 27. "I grew up really watching Kobe a lot. ... I've always just loved his game, ever since him coming out of high school. I watched him close." Wade insists Jordan will forever be the measuring stick for shooting guards. But he also acknowledges his sons (the oldest is 12) know Jordan "probably more so because of his sneakers," he said. USA Today Sports

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