“Golden State Team Was Right on Our Heels”: Dwyane Wade Questions if LeBron James and the Miami Heat Could Have Won More Championships

Published 12/23/2021, 8:16 PM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 30: LeBron James and Dwayne Wade attend a Los Angeles Sparks WNBA game on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


The offseason in 2010 was one of its kind. Sure, shocking trades are a part and parcel of the NBA but nobody had expected that a trio of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade would come together in Miami Heat. This was the beginning of animosity between the fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers and James.

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Although they were able to pull off four NBA finals’ appearances together and won two of them, James eventually decided to head back to his hometown’s team. Most fans believe that if James had decided to stick around longer, they could have added more championships next to their names. However, Dwyane Wade isn’t so sure.

Dwyane Wade is doubtful that they could have won more titles if LeBron James had stayed

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Miami Heat legend, Wade recently appeared on Jalen Rose’s ‘Renaissance Man’. In the episode, he is asked about his opinion on if they could have won more titles if Bron hadn’t moved back to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014.

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)

“I don’t know,” said Dwyane. “That Golden State [Warriors] team was right on our heels. I really don’t know. I wasn’t in my prime anymore. Was outside of my prime about 2014. So, that would have made it hard for us to really win if I was still going to be a big part of it. Chris Bosh not knowing what he was going to be dealing with later, he was in his prime and LeBron was in his, but I wasn’t in mine anymore.”

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“And it would have made it tough to keep going, so I would have really had to find health in a big way very quickly to keep competing at that level and because my body was going through so much,” he concluded.

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The 39-year-old isn’t wrong. They had barely made it past the San Antonio Spurs during the 2013 NBA Finals. In 2014, the Spurs finished the finals series off against them in five games.

Sep 27, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra hands the Eastern Conference Championship trophy to forward Bam Adebayo (13) after defeating the Boston Celtics in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It was during this time that Wade wasn’t at his healthiest, and even the supporting cast had started to age. However, what makes this franchise great is that after this ‘Big Three’, they never hit rock bottom. Since then, they have secured a place in the playoffs four times out of seven and even made it to the NBA finals in 2020.

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They, unfortunately, lost to LeBron James’ Lakers.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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