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Dwyane Wade sticks up for LeBron, Bosh

Dec 7, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

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Dwyane Wade will take on your villain role as a member of the Miami Heat. Bring it on.

But in the process he will stick up for his teammates.

In an interview with Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, Wade defended LeBron Jamescomments in an ESPN interview where LeBron said he did not want to be in the villain role anymore.

Wade said LeBron was being honest and that was not how the Heat were going to win two more games next season anyway (that’s how many games they fell short of an NBA title).

“I said, ‘Let me look like the mean one. You play the way you play,’ ” Wade related. “We did talk about that. We were on vacation we talked about that. We didn’t run away from losing the Finals. We looked at it and said, ‘Why did we lose? How did we lose? What can we do different? How can we be better as leaders?’

“And the one thing I kind of wanted for LeBron is to get back to being LeBron, and not trying to be somebody that everybody wanted him to be, in a sense. He seems to understand that, as well.”

Wade also defended the play of Chris Bosh, who Wade said got overshadowed and people missed what he contributed in the playoffs.

“I think he was the most consistent out of all of us, if you want to say, from each round,” he said. “I mean, I had a terrible Chicago series and LeBron didn’t have a so-hot Dallas series. Chris was kind of stable through every round, played real well.”

The question in Miami is not the big three, but who is going to be around them and will that be enough. Mike Miller will be back, eventually, and Udonis Haslem returns. But who else they bring in could be key to those last two wins.

  1. burnsy - Dec 7, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    “… and LeBron didn’t have a so-hot Dallas series.”

    Otherwise known as the Finals.

  2. calirob80 - Dec 7, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    from one douche to another….

  3. legend72 - Dec 7, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Maybe he should have tried to break Dirk’s arm like he did Rondos’ to get those 2 extra W’s… secretly dirty play by Wade that noone talks about… watch the film.

    • amirfigueroa - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:23 PM

      It might’ve been a little dirty, but Rondo did what you should never do when falling…and that’s try to break your fall with your arms. Your asking for a broken wrist, dislocated elbow/shoulder, et al. #ImJustSaying

    • blueintown - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:49 AM

      Remember when Rondo non-nonchalantly threw Kirk Hinrich into the scorers table? Somebody should break both of his arms.

      • blueintown - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:33 AM

        *nonchalantly, I guess non-nonchalantly would just be chalantly.

  4. southbeachtalent - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    D Weezy is the man…

  5. goforthanddie - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Surprising Dwayne even remembered Bosh was on the same team. Maybe he’ll remember that when the season starts too, that was their biggest problem. Well, that and leb.

  6. jollyjoker2 - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Lebron don’t like to be da hoo. You made your bed by srw ing clevelend who drafted you and gave you everything to adore you. Lebron turned around and said that aint good enough. Well, go live with your MIami buds cause there wont be very many fans routing for that type of behavior.

  7. fittytuckin - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    I lost all respect for lebron. He waits until the nba finals for his balls to disappear

  8. rodge1 - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    All these posts are hilarious. Are you guys just upset that your weather and teams suck?… Two years ago you crybabies were worshipping LBJ. Then he makes a choice to play in Miami and you trash him. If you wannabes we’re offered to continue your lives as wannabes in Miami you would go to. Just saying

  9. rodge1 - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    @ legend72

    Apparently you didn’t watch the film. Rondo was all over Wade and Wade threw him off. Any player would do the same. If the roles were reversed you would be applauding the action…. Get a life

    • legend72 - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:12 AM

      @ rodge1

      Get a clue… only a jacka$$ would applaud an act that injures. It was a dirty play. Wade was playing the tough guy/villain the entire series and that play was overboard. It was dirty and you can’t argue that. Wade needed to play on that level (cause the rest of the team is soft) to get them where they went. KG straddles that same line each year and he always gets called out when he crosses the line. D Wade got a pass in the media. Like I said… get a clue

  10. toegoat - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    I don’t really have an opinion on the whole “villain” thing. All I know is bitter Cleveland fans are annoying to listen to. Face it Lebron WAS the cavs, he’s also a grown man and if he doesn’t want to play in Cleveland, well, that’s his choice. Imo he did more for Cleveland (and still does different charities and things) than Cleveland did for him. Maybe if Gilbert would’ve put some decent talent around Lebron he would’ve stayed. I mean cmon Mo Williams? Antawn Jamison? Side Show Bob? Nobody is gonna win a chip with that cast, get real.

    • southbeachtalent - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:01 AM

      According to Cavs fans he sucks and is a quiter. And he’s a choker. And he has a vagina.

      Did I leave anything out? Oh yeah, he doesn’t tip either..

  11. toegoat - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:46 AM

    FYI Lebron did NOT leave Cleveland because of the fan base he left because the cavs suck. The cavs last yr without Lebron looked like the colts this yr without manning, meaning they are NOTHING without him.

  12. southbeachtalent - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Shane Battier to the HEAT!!!!

  13. Josh Perez - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Is easy to trash on LBJ for leaving the Cavs. But people forget is the player who have to live with the frustration of always falling short for lack of backup. You can argue he disappear in key moments, then again don’t forget in series in late playoff rounds he is the must-stop player everyone will try to silence.

  14. suhnum1fan - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    a lil too late D Fade

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