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Disrobing ‘Ungrateful’ LeBron James’ HoF Absence, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Snubs 4x NBA Champion for ‘Heat Brother’ Dwyane Wade

Published 08/24/2023, 2:50 PM EDT

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The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2023 was highlighted by the presence of Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki. It was a heartwarming moment to witness and be in the audience for Dwyane Wade’s enshrinement speech. Celebrities from across sports were present in the audience during the event.

Among noteworthy celebrities and athletes, one important personality was nowhere to be found. He was someone you would think would be there in attendance for his ‘brother’ Dwyane Wade’s HoF induction.

Stephen A. Smith did not hold back his thoughts on Dwyane Wade

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A caller on the Stephen A. Smith show asked if LeBron James could’ve gotten to the level he is now if it weren’t for Dwyane Wade. The response from Stephen A. was shocking. He said he was stunned to see that LeBron was not present during the event for Dwyane Wade after everything Wade has done for him.

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Smith continued by saying that during James’ time in Miami, Wade was the one who always took care of James. Wade never let James do the media work by himself. He guided him and showed him how to be a champion. They were brothers, and they loved each other as such. LeBron James owes so much to Dwyane Wade.

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Then he goes on to add that if it weren’t for Dwyane Wade, James might not have learned how to win a championship. And that he absolutely ought to have attended Dwyane Wade’s particular event.

Why was LeBron not present at Wade’s HoF ceremony?

LeBron James has three kids: Bronny, Bryce, and Zhurie. Recently, Bronny James, a freshman at the University of Southern Carolina, faced a medical emergency during a workout session at USC. He was rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and was admitted on July 24th. He was in the hospital for three days and later discharged on the 27th.

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James has been speculated to be with his son since the incident, and fans believe that is the reason why he did not attend the HoF ceremony for one of his closest friends, Dwyane Wade.

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Everyone wants to see Bronny on the court and wants him to return to his previous self. The young player is supported by fans who hope he will get back healthy, make it to the NBA, and eventually play alongside his father.

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LeBron James was recently photographed with his son Bronny during a Drake performance. The concert was at Los Angeles’ Crypo.com Arena. Since his tragic health scare, Bronny hadn’t been among the crowds until this moment. The excitement around Bronny’s comeback to basketball was heightened by the father-son duo’s apparent enjoyment of their time together. Their attendance at the concert demonstrated their close relationship and provided hope for the young athlete’s future.

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Rijin is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for over a decade. He likes to learn about the nuances of sports, understand every player's contribution to a team, and also learn the logic behind player signings and team building.
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