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Wade says he, LeBron passed chemistry last season

Aug 26, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

Heat's James congratulates Wade after scoring against the Mavericks during fourth quarter in Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Miami

Dwyane Wade says the Miami Heat passed chemistry.

Early in the season they were failing it pretty badly as Wade and LeBron James seemed to just take turns trying to get isolation sets and take over games.

But that evolved. Somewhat. Wade said that by the end of the season concerns that he and LeBron could not meld together on the court were proven wrong. Oh, and Chris Bosh, too. Never want to forget Chris Bosh. They’re a trio.

Wade was on the radio talking about chemistry and our own Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel was listening.

“We figured it out. I think we did a very good job,” Wade said during an appearance on ESPN Radio, as he promoted his charity event this weekend in his native Chicago. “It didn’t hurt. LeBron was still third in the league in scoring. I was still like fifth in the league in scoring (actually fourth for the record)….

“It really didn’t change much of our ability once we got comfortable,” Wade said. “Me and him are very good friends. We’re two guys who want to make it work, who wanted to make it work for our teammates to be successful, so we did.”

As the playoffs wore on the Heat became better about using whichever one of their “big two”… er “big three” had the mismatch. Against the Bulls you saw LeBron doing a lot of the closing out, but against the Mavericks it was more Wade.

But were they ever really a cohesive unit? It got better, but it was never complete. And why did they not run more pick-and-rolls with LeBron setting the pick? That play is devastating yet the Heat used it sparingly.

The real question to me is how they will blend when they start getting better role players around them. When you look at championship teams — this year’s Mavericks, the Lakers before them and follow the trail back as far as you wish — they all have role players stepping up and making big plays. Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem got healthy and started to impact the team more as the playoffs went on, the next question is can the stars of the Heat really blend with an improved roster in future seasons. That will be a big part of determining if they can make the next step.

  1. cakemixa - Aug 26, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Ever get tired of posting Heat stories?

    • trueballs - Aug 26, 2011 at 1:45 PM

      ever get tired of commenting about it? guess what…..the internet runs on CLICKS. Stop clicking on things you don’t want to read and they might go away.

    • david8726 - Aug 26, 2011 at 4:24 PM

      You never get tired of clicking on them, so why is he gonna stop posting them?

  2. philtration - Aug 26, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Now on to Algebra!

  3. larsonjs - Aug 26, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Athletes today crack me up. It used to be about winning. Now it’s about “how I feel about myself,” “is our chemistry good”? Well Mr. Wade, I’m so glad you FEEL like you have good chemistry with Lebron. I’m glad you feel good about 2nd place. I’m glad you’re so happy with yourself and your team.

    Call us when you win something, because in sports, most people care about winning.

    Maybe you’d like to be like AYSO where everyone gets a trophy for trying and being nice.

    • david8726 - Aug 26, 2011 at 4:26 PM

      You clearly don’t know anything about Wade if you don’t think winning is all that matters to him.

      And also, Wade has already won.

  4. goforthanddie - Aug 26, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    I’m glad they passed chemistry. Unfortunately, they’re basketball players, not scientists, and they failed the only class that mattered.

  5. DonRSD - Aug 26, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    As a Heat fan since 91, I agree 100% with the pick and roll using LeBron.
    And while you’re at it, get Joel Anthony out and get a center that someone actually has to cover……that way it’s not 4 VS 5 everytime :)

  6. rayrsatx - Aug 26, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Too bad Lebron is ignorant of the “chemistry” of winners! Maybe there is a patron saint for superstars who disappear in the finals, Saint Lebron James!

  7. gatorfan1 - Aug 26, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    If there was ever a “test” that blew up in the students faces, this was it. They need to go back and check out the Periodic Table of Elements and how they relate TOGETHER.

    Maybe that’s the problem. Lebron doesn’t do well in anything that ends in 4…like 4th quarters.

    Atomic Number 4 on the PTE Chart…Beryllium. Definition: It’s is a metal and has a high melting point.

    Well there you go that’s Lebron, plays stiff and melts in the 4th quarter.

    • trueballs - Aug 26, 2011 at 6:27 PM

      A few instances…. Against Boston and Chicago this year he was insane. Pippen, jordan’s bud, was ready to crown LBJ the best overall player ever. Scottie spoke prematurely obviously, but he said it….and that does mean something. He lost his head in the finals, he’s still young and immature, but to say he melts in the 4th quarter is just not true. Six straight playoff appearances and not one first round exit.

      but Gatorfan that was a clever post. and i give you props for that

  8. dysraw1 - Aug 27, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    the true test of chemistry is over seasons, so it remains to be seen excactly what these guys will become.

    • dysraw1 - Aug 27, 2011 at 2:55 PM

      Now if only we could see it.

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