LeBron James’ decision to bolt the two-time champion Miami Heat for his native Ohio roots may have held as much to do with him losing patience with star running mate Dwyane Wade as anything else.
According to the Florida Sun-Sentinel, “by the end of his tenure all indications were James’ patience had run out with Wade, Chris Bosh, Erik Spoelstra and Pat Riley. He essentially left without a clarifying word to any.”
The 32-year-old Wade managed to suit up for just 54 regular season games that year and by the time the Heat faced the Spurs in the Finals it was obvious carrying all the extra load had greatly impacted James. Still others speculate some within James camp never seemed quite convinced that Bosh was a viable enough second option to the four-time league MVP.
Upon announcing that he was returning to the Cavs where he played his first seven seasons, James insisted he simply felt a need and obligation to return to his roots. An 11-year veteran, Wade has spent his entire NBA career in South Beach and was largely credited with successfully recruiting James to join him there after the 2010 season.
During their union, the Heat made four straight Finals appearances and won back-to-back titles commencing with the 2011-12 season.[Photo Credit:Keith Allison]