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Chemistry proves difficult for Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

Mar 8, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James AP

The lack of chemistry with the Heat is evident on the court.

Not just on the end-of-game isolations, but the fact that Dwyane Wade and LeBron James really play next to each other not with each other most of the time. There is not the kind of interaction you see between elite players on other teams (Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen). You don’t feel or see a real bond between them.

The Heat are still figuring out. And it’s hard.

It wasn’t supposed to be. This was expected by many to be a fit that came together quickly, and even if it did take time it would have been figured out by now, 63 games into the season.

Wade is honest about the challenges in a fantastic article about the chemistry between the two stars by our own Ira Winderman here at NBC.

“You know what?” (Wade) says in his typical soft-spoken manner. “I thought it would be easier.”

Winderman brings some interesting insights into the relationship between James and Wade.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade did not enter this partnership as best friends. Friends? Yes, but more typical of the bond built during promotional appearances, league get-togethers and the occasional two- or three-week tours with a national team. “Friendly” stands closer to the truth…

For James, NBA life, and life in general, is bigger than that. LeBron almost always has his people on the road with him; Wade mostly settles in with the company of teammates, often second- and third-tier talents. He is much more of the everyman in the equation.

Go read the entire article. It will help you understand where the Heat are right now.

  1. hnirobert3 - Mar 8, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    I miss the old Dwyane Wade. This team would be much better without LBJ even though he’s the superior player. It’s Bill Simmons’ “Ewing Theory.”

  2. savocabol1 - Mar 8, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Ahh yes the Lebron cronies. Probabaly the only manager/publicist/best buddy/yes men that get to sit directly behind the bench and partake in halftime locker room festivities in the league.

  3. goforthanddie - Mar 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Yep, Miami’s smartest move would be trading LePunk. He wanted more talent around him but ignores it.

  4. chitownmatt - Mar 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Maybe if their coach would force them to actually learn some plays instead of coaching every game like its the All-Star game, they might actually learn to play like a team.

  5. chargerdillon - Mar 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    There was a chance this would’ve work earlier in Lebrons career before the BS’ers and media built him up to be the best player in the league without really earning the status by being the best player in the league and winning the championship like so many superstars have.

    Thus he surrounds himself with “friends” who can mentally build him up as the best in the NBA without really achieving it.

    Wade earned his stripes, he wears a ring that he absolutely deserved.

    Watch Lebron in the 4th quarter of games. He doesnt have any desire to push the limit on anybody to win a close game because everybody has already told him he’s the best thing in the NBA, he doesnt feel he has anything to earn.

    The single word that best describes Lebron James isn’t “winner”, it’s “entertainer”.

  6. purdueman - Mar 8, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    As the wheels on the bus continue to fall off, Miami’s “Big Three Premadonna’s” definitely have a few issues: 1) It shouldn’t come as any surprise that both D-Wade and La Bum both want the ball in their hands and last I checked only one ball can be in play at a time in the NBA; and 2) Chris Bosh is the big softie that everyoue outside of Miami and Pat Riley thought that he was. I can’t wait for the Heat to get knocked off come playoff time!

  7. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 8, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    if Phil Jackson was coaching the Heat he would tell them to activate the ball. The first time i heard him tell the black mamba and his teamates to activate the ball i was like what the phuck is that, the mamba and his team went out and activated the ball and won by 20.


  8. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 8, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    a lot of couples cry if they don’t have chemistry, really they do.

  9. downtowndanny - Mar 9, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    i dont need to read the article to know where they are…..they stink and until DWade takes his team over again, they will continue to stink, dont get me started on “serious facial expression Bosh” what a waste…

    • purdueman - Mar 9, 2011 at 1:03 AM

      Bosh: “I want my Mah-Mah!!!”. What a pu&&y!!!

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