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LeBron says chemistry at ‘all-time high’ with Wade

Jan 31, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

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Last season, building chemistry was the underlying theme of the Heat’s season. There was very little between LeBron James and Dwyane Wade during that 9-8 start — the two stars took turns watching each other, not playing off of each other. That started to change as the season wore on and into the playoffs and things looked better — until they ran into the ultimate chemistry of the Dallas Mavericks.

This season chemistry is not a problem. Never been better.

So says LeBron James, speaking to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. (Hat tip to Eye on Basketball.)

“It is at an all-time high right now, honestly,” James said of the chemistry between the two. “It is just a chemistry that we have. Last year was a blueprint for us. It is not like we look for each other more than others, it kind of just happens.

“We’re two of the fastest guys in the league when it comes to a break and it is kind of pick-your-poison with the defender, either allow me to get a dunk or allow D-Wade to get a dunk. We are two unselfish players. If a guy is open, we pass it.”

Chemistry and winning are inexorably linked in the public mind — winning teams have chemistry, losing teams do not. That deduction often comes after the fact. In the Heat’s case, the chemistry with Wade and LeBron always seems to be better when they have better players around them that forces defenders to make choices rather than focus solely on them. No doubt LeBron and Wade are more comfortable with each other on the court now than they were a year ago at this time, but the up-tempo style of play and better surrounding cast are a part of that equation, too.

It’s that whole equation that should have other teams concerned.

  1. trueballs - Jan 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    yeah…LBJ has finally decided he’s going to set screens and move without the ball (in the half court). It’s exactly what people imagined these two would look like when they came together. We’ll see about that chemistry in June, though…

  2. charlutes - Jan 31, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Apu to Lebron: I can’t believe you don’t shut up.

  3. uhemi - Jan 31, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Haters, Go Heat !!

  4. miamatt - Jan 31, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Y’all can get your thumbs down ready, but the Heat are better this year than last year, and in case you didn’t notice, they were pretty good last year.

    Kudos to the players for reporting to camp in shape, and kudos to Spoelstra to making drastic strategic adjustments when most would have said getting Haslem and Miller back healthy would have been enough. There is no doubt that this team is playing a style more suited to their strengths than they did last year. Call it chemistry if you will, but Miami is flat out scary at times.

    The regular season doesn’t mean a thing, so I’ll believe it when I see it in the playoffs. Still… I’d say it will be up to the Bulls to once again give us the most exciting FIVE GAME ECF that we’ll ever see. Can’t wait!

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jan 31, 2012 at 9:00 PM

      Losing Bibby and gaining Cole hasn’t hurt either.

      • miamatt - Feb 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

        Not only that, but Chalmers has stepped up his game as well. The Heat are getting 20 points a night from the point guard position. That’s huge.

  5. mannyfresh209 - Jan 31, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Battier

  6. emaimo80 - Jan 31, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    miamat

    Could not agree any more! Heat are really starting to gel! Hope they have home court advantage when they play in the playoffs! Very exciting! Go heat!

  7. coldplay519 - Feb 1, 2012 at 7:04 AM

    But does he have a reasonable explanation for that ridiculous beard?

  8. trimaster1 - Feb 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Seeing how both Wade & lebron are still pretty young, the Heat wil be dangerous for years to come. I think at this point iy’s not “if” Lebron gets a ring, it’s “when.” Most superstars have heard their share of criticism in their career. Let’s not forget: the greatest player of all time (Michael Jordan) took 7 years to get his first ring. He was called a ball hog and selfish more than once…

    The Pistons had their way with the Bulls for years before they finally got over the hump. Lebron has to learn from past miscues, but when he does WATCH OUT…

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