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“I’ve been here before, so just trying to lead,” Wade said. “My guys did a great job of following.”
Wade’s reveling in the notion that he’s no longer playing Robin in these Finals, referring to himself as the captain, as the leader and the star responsible for charting an aggressive path to a Game 3 victory some 24 hours earlier in a Saturday practice.
Perhaps nothing illustrated the dramatic transformations within the dynamic as Wade letting loose with a brief, blasting bark at James late in the fourth for dropping off a pass to Mario Chalmers(notes). Wade wanted James, so reluctant, to take the ball to the rim himself. No one has ever talked to King James like this on the floor, ever challenged him in such public and piercing ways.
This is why they’ve moved within two victories of a championship, and why LeBron James has to bite his lip, absorb the misdirected daggers and accept that Wade’s genius on the offensive end could somehow reshape the narrative of a Heat championship season.
James can’t get angry. He can’t get defensive. He wanted to be part of a cornerstone of the most staggering array of talent that free agency ever brought together, and he’ll have to live with the repercussions of the choice.
This is the silver lining to a Heat championship. Dwyane Wade elevates to all-world status, while LeBron slithers into the back seat.
Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski has repeatedly blasted James for his immaturity and ego, but the gentle references in this column are the best of all. If the other columns were punches to the face, this was a snickering pat on the head.
In the postgame, James told the media to rewatch the game and they'll find his contributions. You think Larry, Magic an Michael ever had to say that?
Sure… I'd love to see the Heat lose and LeBron be the goat. But a win under these circumstances is going to kill his ego.
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Globe – Frank leading candidate in Detroit (Finals notebook) |