The last time LeBron signed (clockwise from top left): First came "The Decision," followed by a celebration at AmericanAirlines Arena, which came moments after his formal signing, on a night that also included his introductory Heat media session. (File)

The last time LeBron signed (clockwise from top left): First came "The Decision," followed by a celebration at AmericanAirlines Arena, which came moments after his formal signing, on a night that also included his introductory Heat media session. (File) (September 8, 2013)

To keep winning, Wade says he needs LeBron

LeBron's free-agency decision not only will set the course for his future seasons, it also could impact the direction of Dwyane Wade's career.

Wade, who, like James, can become a free agent in the offseason, said during an ESPN interview that "it can impact a lot" if James decides to play elsewhere.

Wade, in fact, said such a decision could make him reassess his approach to the game going forward.

"It means a lot," he said. "I'm not . . . like I said, I'm 31. And, you know, if everything goes the way you want it to go in a perfect world, you look at say, 'Man, at least for another four or five years, I can get it.'

"I have three championships. I have done everything in this game from the standpoint of individually that you can do. I have nothing to prove from that standpoint. I play now for to win championships. I play for the cameraderie, the brotherhood. I play just because I love the game.

"And if I do want to do that no more, I can walk away."

Wade, in fact, said it bothers him those times when he knee maintenance program keeps him from the court alongside James.

"I don't like to say the word 'hate,' but I hate it," he said. "I hate not being able to be out there every night with him. I hate not being able to go out there every night and give my organization what they came accustomed to. I dislike it."

The ESPN "Sunday Conversation" interview can be found here.



December 13, 2013

Barkley says James should return to Cavs, rips Heat fans

So what does Charles Barkley think about LeBron's upcoming free agent decision? The TNT analyst thinks he should return to Cleveland, because he thinks Heat fans stink.

Barkley was asked about LeBron's future during an interview with Rachel Nichols that aired Friday on CNN, including why James ever  would leave a championship-winning situation.

Barkley: "It's interesting. People always ask me about the championship ring. And I never think like they think. You know, basketball's what I do, it's not who I am. I thought LeBron shoulda stayed in Cleveland. Just 'cause he got them rings now, he ain't no better. Think about the notion that, just because I didn't win a sportin' event, my life is not successful.  That's gotta be the stupidest thing I ever heard."

Nichols: "At the end of the year, he has the option to opt out in Miami. You want him back in Cleveland?"

Barkley: "I think it'd be great for him to go back to Cleveland. Number one, I don't think they are great fans in Miami. I thought they were great fans in Cleveland."

Nichols: "People in Miami already don't like you; you're gonna dig a deeper hole with this interview."

Barkley: "I'm not digging a deeper -- they're not the -- listen, those were the same fans who were leaving when they thought they had lost to the Spurs. So let's don't act like they're super fans."

A video of the interview can be found here.