Dwyane Wade still believes in LeBron James.
With James’ Cleveland Cavaliers off to a 2-3 start and still trying to figure out a consistent style-of-play for a lineup that also features Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, Wade is still insisting to anyone who will listen “he has all the tools he needs.”
Indeed, things could be on the upswing for James and the Cavs, who face New Orleans on Monday before the schedule affords them a four-day break for fine-tuning before playing host to Boston on Friday night.
“We’ve been through it together where we ran into struggles as a team,” Wade said of the four seasons he spent in Miami with James. “You’re going to do that in the season whether it’s in the beginning of the season, or sometimes in the middle or sometimes at the end. He’s a four-time MVP. He’s a two-time champion. I’m sure he’ll figure it out as a leader.”
As for his revamped Heat (5-2), things are also looking up, with Wade finally healthy and the Heat suddenly clicking. The All-Star guard netted 20 points and 10 assists in an impressive 105-96 Sunday night road win over Dallas. Meanwhile, James’ replacement, Luol Deng, finished with 30 points, five rebounds and four assists against the Mavs.
“We’re six games in for some teams and less for others,” Wade said before Sunday’s game. “So it’s so premature to be worrying about guys struggling or guys playing well. We’re yet to see how it’s really going to shake out.”
But so far, so good in South Beach.[Photo Credit: Keith Allison]