Monday, June 18th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  14 responses

Dwyane Wade Says LeBron James is Now a ‘Totally Different Player’

Our eyes and the numbers appear to support Dwyane Wade’s argument that LeBron James is playing at a much higher level this year during the championship round. Per the Palm Beach Post: “In the 2011 Finals, LeBron James attempted 20 free throws in six games. In the 2012 Finals, he has attempted 29 free throws in three games. In the 2011 Finals, James took 90 shots the entire series. He already taken 69. In the 2011 Finals, he scored 107 points. He has already scored 91. ‘Yeah, he’s a totally different player,’ Dwyane Wade said. ‘Obviously up until The Finals last year he was having an amazing playoffs. He had a game (Game 3 of the Finals) where he struggled and he kind of let that get into his mind a little bit, and he was thinking too much. Now he’s playing, he’s on attack, and being very aggressive. When he puts his head down to go to the rim, you have no other choice but to foul him or he’s going to finish…. He’s playing aggressive, and that’s the difference obviously from last year to this year, and the difference in our team.’”

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  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    You know what Wade, you’re a totally different player too.

  • eZ

    Same goes for Wade…as in being a totally different player.
    Last year he was like a finals mvp, this year..not really..sometimes great, sometimes just plain hurting the team with turnovers, bad shots and trying to sell the foul instead of trying to finish the shot. To me he was the reason it kept close in the final minutes.

  • Heals

    Totally different or just better at what he does and more determined to do those things…

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    dfrance read my mind +1

  • Phil da Windmill

    lebron plays hard like a champ but fugg that dude i don’t like him.

  • Van Harvey

    LeBron doesn’t like you either.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rwDluFZQmtQ Max

    We are all witnesses campaign should have started right now.

  • willie

    lebron is a good player and plays like one no one can take that away so lets give credit where it goes hes better than kobe and makes less money.

  • http://Bleacherreport Macaveli

    LBJ is a stud. Wheteher you personally like him or not, he can play the game, all of it. When did it become important to like or dislike someone who you have no relationship with? It is better for one to be thought a fool, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubts.

  • Quan

    Yes, he’s different, but no, he is not individually different. He has learned to play within the team concept, and to play within himself – which by itself, is like noone else. Most of all, he has learnt to focus, divert pressure by reading, and most of all, just enjoy the moment, and not even get down too much on his teammates when they make mistakes … for everybody, that is, except Chalmers !!! May be Cole is next !!! His appreciation of Battier has also helped his friend be a sharper shooter.

  • Quan

    As far as DWade is concerned, there is something going on for Dwayne that we may not know about, but on certain nights, when he is on, he is definitely there 110%. He may not have the spin moves of his 20s. He still is one of the most dangerous players when he decides to take a game over. Like in most games, 90% of it is mental.

  • Bill

    Wade is getting his knee drained before games. Too many years of carrying the Heat before James.

  • http://www.espn.com PaulH

    Macaveli, Tis better to spell a famous philosophers name right and be thought simply pretentious than to spell It wrong and look like a complete retard.

  • WayUPThere

    paulh, +1. I thought the same thing.