Dwyane Wade Felt Like an NFL Star With LeBron James in the Miami Heat: “I Was a Backup Quarterback Back Then”

Published 12/19/2021, 5:30 PM EST
February 18, 2014: Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade #3, Miami Heat small forward LeBron James #6 and Miami Heat center Chris Bosh #1 observe the National Anthem before 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)


The former Miami Heat star, Dwyane Wade is one of the most popular players in the NBA. The 13-time All-star has led the Miami Heat to three championships and was selected 3 times in the All-Defensive Team. Dwyane Wade has played with a lot of great players over his NBA career. But the one player who made him feel like an NFL star was LeBron James when they teamed up on the Miami Heat.

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Wade immediately searches for his close friend LeBron James, who can assist him before he attempts to do anything else.

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Dwyane Wade With a Legendary Pass to LeBron James

Back in the game against Indiana, their attempt to get Miami Heat to win with a huge margin was a success. And including the full-court pass from Dwyane Wade to LeBron James that excited the crowd to get on their feet.

It was considered as one of the legendary moments for Wade, “I was a backup quarterback back in the day. I don’t know. I shouldn’t say a backup, but I was a backup quarterback.”

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)

Dwyane Wade and LeBron Enter the NBA

It is hard to believe that it was just over a decade ago when Dwyane Wade and LeBron were drafted into the NBA. The two players have had very different careers, with Wade winning three championships while James has won four.

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However, there are some similarities between their careers. Both players entered the league as rookies with high expectations and lived up to the hype. They have also both played for multiple teams during their careers.

James averaged 26.9 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists per game during their four seasons together in Miami, leading the Heat to two championships. And Wade averaged 22.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game.

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The two players have since gone their separate ways, but they continue to be one of the most successful duos in NBA history. Wade has currently retired from Miami Heat once again, while James is with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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VS Sharathprasad

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Sharathprasad is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Sharathprasad is a postgraduate in Mass Media Communications with a specialization in Print and New Media. He has been following NBA since 2012 and is an ardent fan of the LA Lakers.

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