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Even though the conversation wasn’t completely clear, several bloggers and websites quoted James saying, “Like I said, if we (the Cavs) aren’t better this year, we’re gonna reunite again and do some bigger and better things, alright? You already know.” After the Heat’s loss to the Indiana Pacers Wednesday, Wade cleared up the misunderstanding. He recalled their conversation being about life after basketball. “It had nothing to do with [reuniting],” Wade said. “It was about bigger and better things later.” South Florida Sun-Sentinel

LeBron James dismissed an internet video making the rounds Wednesday that seemed to show him and Dwyane Wade talking about a reunion. The video, which James also watched, was difficult to hear clearly. But James seemed to say something about reuniting with Wade. When asked about it Wednesday, he said it had nothing to do with basketball. "If I was going to tell him that, I’d tell him that the night before. I’m not stupid. I know I didn’t go to college, but I’m not stupid," James said. "I wouldn’t say that on Christmas with 100 cameras around. I would’ve told him the night before at his house. It had nothing to do with leaving here and reuniting with him. ... Just talking on other things more than just basketball." Akron Beacon Journal

Having a roster spot occupied by a hybrid player-de facto assistant coach is nothing new for the Heat. That was Juwan Howard’s role on the Heat’s two most recent NBA champions. What’s new this year is who’s occupying the slightly modified role: Dwyane Wade. “I don’t think he necessarily knew how much he would have to lead and be connected,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “This is a different team. He has to be the next level of leadership, to be another assistant coach. He has that experience, that impact with his voice. He’s been great in embracing that. It’s the most leadership that’s required of him since he’s been here.” Miami Herald

“[They’ve] given me the go ahead to be another coach, stop practice when I feel the need to, step up and say certain things,” Wade said. “I did it a lot early in the season. “Once Chris [Bosh] went out, I had to focus on basketball, so I got away from it. But after the Philly game [last Tuesday], I got right back into being a little more of a coach.” Miami Herald

December 26, 2014 Updates

Wade scored 24 of his game-high 31 points in the first half and outplayed his good friend when it mattered. James, in his first game in Miami this season, had a team-high 30 points and added four rebounds and eight assists, but he was 10-for-18 from the free throw line, missing a chance to help the Cavaliers steal a road game. "Coming into the league, I haven't really had a rival opponent, and the closest thing I had to that was the years we had when we were going against each other when he was in Cleveland the first time," Wade said. "All four years (together in Miami) were amazing, and we won't take anything away from that. It was good to see him on the other side of the coin too because he is going to bring out the best in you." USA Today Sports

LeBron James: Day 1 until it's all said and Done! @dwyanewade #Brother #TreyBall #GoesBeyondHoopsYouClowns… instagram.com/p/xDjhCFiTM4/ Twitter @KingJames

Ethan J. Skolnick: LeBron has been hinting at future endeavors w/ Wade. Now Wade does on IG. No idea what, other than it's not about DW ever playing in CLE. Twitter @EthanJSkolnick

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

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