LeBron on Wade, Bosh: ‘They’re Struggling’
Three years ago, the Big Three brashly introduced themselves on a rising stage, stepping out of the smoke and into the clear. Now, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh come out of the smoke coughing and wheezing and doubled over, no longer standing shoulder to shoulder with James.
The best player in the world remains relentless in his public support and belief of his co-stars, but he didn’t indulge his close friend’s delusion of the circumstances of the Heat’s playoff demise.
“We have to do a better job of getting opportunities for me and Chris to succeed,” Wade said.
Wade missed layup upon layup, leaving eight, maybe 10 points on the floor. Over and over, Wade reached the rim, but couldn’t close on the most elementary of finishes. Better job of getting opportunities for him? That’s a code for blaming his coach and sparing himself the reality of his responsibilities.
James refused to play the part of an enabler on Saturday night. This is time for self-reliance, time for truth telling. He’s lent himself to be a cheerleader, to keep encouraging his teammates, keep telling them that he believes in them. His job isn’t to tell lies or manufacture fairy tales.
“I am able to replay a lot of plays in my head,” James said, and soon he started to list – one by one – the circumstance of every, easy Wade miss on Saturday night. No video clips needed, James remembered them all.
Above everything, James understands that even his greatness can’t overcome Wade and Bosh missing 15 of 19 shots for the game, a formula for failure with the way the Pacers pound the Heat on the boards, pound them inside.
“We can state the obvious: They’re both struggling,” James said.