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LeBron: Chemistry is at "all-time high" with Wade

Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:01 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 5:56 am
LeBron says his chemistry with Wade is at an "all-time high right now." (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

Rewind to last summer where Dwyane Wade blamed part of the Heat's NBA Finals loss to the Mavericks on chemistry. He said, "One thing that Dallas beat us at – they had more chemistry than us. They had a game plan and we were still figuring ours out in our first year together."

Fast forward to this season where the transition alley oops are happening by the bunches and the Heat look as powerful as ever. LeBron James says the chemistry between him and Wade isn't just good, it's at a level it's never been before. Via the Sun Sentinel:
"It is at an all-time high right now, honestly," James said of the chemistry between the two. "It is just a chemistry that we have.  Last year was a blueprint for us.  It is not like we look for each other more than others, it kind of just happens.

"We're two of the fastest guys in the league when it comes to a break and it is kind of pick-your-poison with the defender, either allow me to get a dunk or allow D-Wade to get a dunk. We are two unselfish players. If a guy is open, we pass it."
That sound you just heard was 29 other teams shuddering slightly. If that's actually true and LeBron and Wade are figuring out how to play together and off each other -- whoa.

But the thing is, transition baskets and running is one thing. Executing down the stretch in the halfcourt of a close game is another thing. And I don't think Wade and LeBron or the Heat as a whole have figured that out at all. Take the most recent example Sunday against the Bulls. Miami won, but not because of the halfcourt offense in the fourth quarter. Had Derrick Rose made two free throws, we might all be sitting here saying "What's wrong with the Heat?" and LeBron might not be saying things like that.

I have no doubt the on-court chemistry between Wade and LeBron is great and they are willing to pass to each other. But that's not the secret key to making the Heat unstoppable. It's about incorporating that chemistry with the other three guys on the court with them. It's about playing off each other while playing with each other. The Heat look very good and with Chris Bosh playing exceedingly well along with the terrifying fast break Miami has, nobody is going to argue if you say they're the best in the league right now.

But it's one thing to feel your chemistry at its highest level in late January. It's another to feel it in the NBA Finals when you desperately need a basket.


Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:42 pm

LeBron: Chemistry is at "all-time high" with Wade

Most selfish player in basketball?  Are you watching the same LBJ I am watching?  Everyone else is on here ripping him for passing up the opportunity to be the hero, and you are saying he is selfish...which is it? 

The only problem that they have when Wade is healthy (at least back playing), is that the revival of Bosh no longer continues.  Bosh was a GREAT second option with Wade out.  Dare I say---better?  He is a better 10-20 foot jump shooter than Wade.  Wade and LBJ are both slashers.  They can only compliment each other so much.  Bosh offered something for a bit that the Heat needed.  If they can find a way to incorporate Bosh into the offense more, the Heat will be very dangerous.  If not, they are beatable on an off night by either of the stars.

Since: Apr 1, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:35 pm

LeBron: Chemistry is at "all-time high" with Wade

The Heat are objectively a powerhouse. Wade and Lebron are both rested, relatively healthy, and are learning to instinctively play together. Bosh has cerebrally broken down his role and has sought to execute it. Chalmers is making less mistakes. Cole is making more plays than anyone would have expected. Haslem and Miller are both healthy and give the heat two bench players who can make a major impact. Battier as an offseason addition is a good fit for the Heat. Add in Anthony, Howard, Jones, and Curry are role players who can also make an impact.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:02 pm

LeBron: Chemistry is at "all-time high" with Wade

Watching the Heat is a pleasure.  You can hate them, but the basketball is a lot of fun.  LeBron is not a hog and has no problem passing to Wade and visa versa.  The problem comes when there is a shooting slump and no third option.   Both Lebron and Wade have made Chalmers and Cole legit players.

Haters continue to hate.  I  on the other hand am going to enjoy alley oops and other great basketball.  

Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:00 pm

LeBron: Chemistry is at "all-time high" with Wade

Now correct me if I'm wrong. Didn't the bulls have a better record then the heat last season? Yes the bulls won the first game in the playoffs but what happend afterwards? To refresh your memory James stopped Rose in his tracks and the Heat went on a 4-0 win streak. Once you take the ability of stopping Roses which the Heat have done numerous times you take the W from the bulls. Don't forget Miami's bench is ALOT better this year as well. If I had to predict the finals it would be OKC vs The Heat.

Since: Oct 12, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 6:33 pm

LeBron: Chemistry is at "all-time high" with Wade

Lebron unselfish.... c'mon. He is one of the most selfish players in the game.

Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 5:31 pm

LeBron: Chemistry is at "all-time high" with Wade

Funny to hear a Spurs fan try to knock on the Heat.  Figured that whooping (w/out Wade) would've put them in their place.

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:32 pm

LeBron: Chemistry is at "all-time high" with Wade

I'll argue with you. The Heat aren't the best "team". The Bulls are the best "team". May the best "team" win come the playoffs.

 Yeah yeah. Being the best "team" in the NBA last year didn't get the Bulls further than the Heat ,and the Heat are a much better "team" this year than they were last year. Did the Bulls improve enough this year to overtake the Heat in a 7 game series? Maybe.........but that would have to be a herculean improvement given where the Heat are this year vs last year and where they'll be come playoff time.

Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:15 pm

LeBron: Chemistry is at "all-time high" with Wade

Nice random set of grades with nothing to back them...terrible post.

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:48 pm

LeBron: Chemistry is at "all-time high" with Wade

A peak implies "the best, or highest point". If this is the peak, the Heat's Big 3 experiment is mamouth flop. You would expect a much higher peak than the point it's at right now. If Bird-McHale-Parish is a true 3 headed monter, let's give that gropu a score of 100. The current Boston trio at it's peak was maybe an 80 at best. The Spurs trio hits about 85-90. I'd give Shaq, Kobe and the 3rd Laker of your choice a score of about 85-90. Tye 80's Lakers (Magic, Worthy, Jabbar) come in at around 95. This Heat trio, at this supposed PEAK, rates about a 65. Maybe if the win something it'll go higher. For some reason, the Heat always look better and play better when one of the 3 is sick & injured. The Heat paid gazillions of $$$ for this??? LMAO

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:20 pm

LeBron: Chemistry is at "all-time high" with Wade

Vocabulary check, Royce. People shudder, windows get shuttered, so I doubt the 29 other teams were "shuttering," unless they noticed a storm approaching. I agree with the premise, though.

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