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LeBron, Wade admit they fight like an old married couple

May 3, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

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For better or worse, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will be joined at the hip for a few more years.

Which from the outside looks pretty good — they are up 1-0 on the Celtics in the second round of the NBA playoffs, and they get to live in Miami and eat good Cuban food all the time — but don’t think their union is all puppy dogs and rainbows with no fights.

Both admitted they have plenty, as Brian Windhorst reported at ESPN.

“It’s not a bed of roses with me and (Wade) and (Chris Bosh). We get on each other if we feel like they’re not doing they’re job,” James said. “We feel like it is constructive criticism that we need to have for one another to have a productive team. Anytime you have new teammates, it doesn’t matter if you’re friends or not, you have to realize certain people react to certain situations. Some people can be yelled at and still play, some people you have to do it in a certain way.”

So LeBron can yell at Wade but not Bosh. Check. Wade said he can take it and dish it out.

“There’s been times where he’s gotten on me for something and vice versa,” Wade said.

“If I make a mistake and he calls me out on it … I might say you’re right. Sometimes I won’t agree with him and I’ll say, “I don’t agree,” and we’ll move on. We’ll come back later and we’ll discuss it. We’re not always patting each other on the back. Our job is to get the best out of each other so when we seen an opportunity to do that, we have to be leaders and step up and do that.”

Just like an old married couple, they may fight but they also have each others back against the outside world. They are still friends. That friendship that was once all off the court and has had to evolve as they have moved on the court.

But based on the results so far, they seem to have worked it out. We’ll see what happens under the real stress of some playoff losses, but right now their marriage is working out just fine.

  1. hnirobert3 - May 3, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    I wouldn’t go so far to say LBJ has Wade’s back. I don’t think he wants to mix it up with anyone, honestly. In the third game between the Heat and C’s in the regular season Wade got into a shoving match with KG and LBJ just stood there and watched while everyone else mixed it up. He seems to want to be buddy-buddy with everyone instead of have his teammates back.

  2. thekingdave - May 3, 2011 at 4:25 PM


  3. readysethike - May 3, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    To the first comment, how about he was letting wade handle his own, since u kno thats what men do

    • hnirobert3 - May 3, 2011 at 5:46 PM

      Nah dude, you gotta have your guys back when he’s getting ready to mix it up with a whole ‘nother team.

  4. goforthanddie - May 3, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    When the divorce comes, who gets custody of CryBaby?

  5. downtowndanny - May 4, 2011 at 2:59 AM

    i just wanna know what the hell is a man hug? the gay community must be thriving down there in MIAMI now that CB’s in the building…

  6. fouldwimmerlaik - May 4, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    They do fight loike an old married couple. The most constant subject of their arguments is what to do with their mentally challenged adopted son, Chris.

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