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LeBron, Wade love Madison Square Garden (just not enough to sign with the Knicks, apparently)

Jan 27, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

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Madison Square Garden remains one of the iconic buildings in the NBA. It’s New York — Concrete jungle where dreams are made of. Visitors get pumped up to play there — which for a long time meant guys like Kobe Bryant were going to drop a big number on the hapless Knicks.

The Knicks are respectable again, which makes it even more fun to play at the Garden. Tonight it is the Miami Heat’s turn again — and count LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as those who are pumped, as reported at ESPN’s Heat Index.

“It’s everything,” James said. “It’s everything that comes with it. It’s the history. It’s the crowd. It’s the atmosphere. It’s the Mecca of basketball. As kids, you always want to be able to play in the Garden. In my eight years and D. Wade’s eight years, it’s been great.”

It’s the best building in the best city in the world… but that wasn’t enough for James to sign there. Sorry, little tangent, done beating that dead horse for now. Thanks for indulging.

The Heat have been off for three days, so they were asked if there was any rust to shake off.

“No rust. We needed the rest and we’re going to miss some shots. We’re going to be a little bit tired early. That’s a part of basketball. But there’s not going to be rust going into the Garden. Our energy and our adrenaline will be going and we’re not going to come out and hit every shot. We’re going to miss some but we’re going to hit some as well, so –”

James interrupted Wade.

“Plus, we’ve got two guys playing on our team that really enjoy playing in that building,” James deadpanned. “I don’t know where they are right now, but we’ve got two guys on this team who thrive on playing in the Garden so I don’t think we’ll be rusty.”

  1. leearmon - Jan 27, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Let me first say, im not comparing the two. But as a Knick fan seeing Lebron play against the NYK as a member of the Miami Heat reminds me of the mid 90’s against a certain someone. No matter how well we may be playing, and no matter how good a roll(or in this case how bad a roll) New York is on, you know he is going to do something special. Wade is a very good player, but the game vs Miami earlier in the season in New York was won by Lebron. He’s just that good. I think like the last two games it will be very entertaining, but we all know the outcome to this one. I dont see Lebron letting Miami lose tonight, especially on national T.V. Say what you will about the guy, but on the court he’s Michelangelo. If he knocks down his first two or so outside jumpers its gonna be a long night…

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