Dwyane Wade says LeBron James is his new favorite player to play against

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are teammates no more. (USATSI)

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For years, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James battled one another in the Eastern Conference. Then the two teamed up on South Beach and won two titles together. But this summer, James left Wade the way he left Cleveland, to return home. And now Wade says that James is his new top target in the league. Wade was asked in Chicago last week who his favorite player to play against is.

From Hot Hot Hoops:

"Well, it used to be Kobe Bryant... the second best all time.... now, I have a new favorite player to play against... my former teammate, LeBron James."

via Dwyane Wade looking forward to playing against ex-teammate LeBron James - Hot Hot Hoops.

It's hard to imagine Wade means this in any mean-spirited way, or that he's upset with James leaving. It's a bummer, but not only is it understandable, James talked to Wade throughout the week before his announcement in Las Vegas. James actually flew from Vegas to South Beach with Wade before heading to Brazil for the World Cup title game.

So this is likely more of a playful "Oh, I'm gonna get you buddy!" than an "I'll see you in hell!" kind of deal.  Still, it'll be good to see Wade and James competing against one another, if Wade can find a way to get back into a condition to allow him to perform at a high level.

Also, the "It used to be Kobe Bryant" comment is kind of resonant on multiple levels, when you think about it.

Wade, of course, is used to doing bad things to the Cavaliers, as this is one of my favorite dunks by any player of all time.

HT: SLAM Online

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