‘Dude Up There Gave Him Everything’ – NBA Legend Dwyane Wade Explains What Makes LeBron James so Special

Published 03/24/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
February 18, 2014: Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade #3 and Miami Heat small forward LeBron James #6 chat during halftime during an NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX Miami defeated Dallas 117-106 (Photo by Albert Pena/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


LeBron James is one of the most incredible phenomenons to enter the NBA. Despite being in his 18th season, James has been playing at the highest level for his entire career. James is oft considered the most durable NBA superstar in history. And despite being 36 years of age, he doesn’t look like he is slowing down anytime soon. One former teammate explains what makes him special.

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D-Wade on how LeBron is gifted

Former NBA champion and Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade spoke on the ‘I AM ATHLETE’ podcast. When asked about what makes LeBron James so special, D-Wade gave a very simple answer. He believes that LeBron was born gifted. However, he also noted that LeBron works harder than most athletes when it comes to rest and nutrition.

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14 March 2012: Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) talks to Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the Chicago Bulls 106-102 victory over the Miami Heat at the United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (Photo by Mark Halmas/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“This dude up there. He gave him everything… We know about taking care of your body. What do you put in your body? Nutrition, that’s why I have a chef, that’s why you guys have a chef. We understand the training that you need as athletes, farm athletes, we understand the training that you need.” 

LeBron James is built different

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Wade added that LeBron is a freak of nature. He gave the example of an ankle injury, which would sideline and take out a normal athlete for a few weeks. But LeBron was different. He suffered the ankle injury, then went on to deliver a solid attacking performance. Wade added that James was given all the tools when he was born and he has harnessed them very well.

“Ultimately, I’ve watched this guy and I see him take care of his body, I’ve seen him own it 100%. But I also know that guy can roll their ankle can be out four weeks. I’ve seen this guy roll his ankle and come back and give you about 20 in the fourth quarter. I’m talking about a badly rolled ankle, like ‘oh he’s done’… When God made him, he was like ‘I’m going to give him all this’…”

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Will LeBron James return soon? Prior to his ankle injury, James was putting up MVP level numbers. As of now, there is no fixed timeline for LeBron to make his return. However, the Lakers organization will make sure not to rush him, as they need him healthy if they are to find any success in the post-season this year.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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