LeBron James Wants Dwyane Wade to Be More Aggressive

by June 14, 2012

Dwyane Wade passed the torch in Miami to LeBron James this year, and rightfully so, but LBJ doesn’t want Wade taking a backseat completely on the offensive end. Especially not during the NBA Finals. From the NY Daily News: “On Wednesday, James came as close as he could to telling Wade to give him a hand without actually ordering his teammate to turn back the clock and give the Heat a performance out of the 2006 Finals, when he was MVP. ‘Sometimes I go to him and tell him I need one of those games from him,’ James said before the Heat’s practice. ‘He knows he still has it, too, but every player needs a little kick every now and then, no matter how time-tested they are. I continue to try to let him know how important he is to the team, which he should know, but he also needs to be D-Wade and not worry about deferring as much.’ Wade has been anything but the Wade of old during the 2012 playoffs, and that continued Tuesday when he needed 19 shots to produce 19 points, a ratio no player wants on his stat line. In the fourth quarter, Wade came up with seven points, matching James. Together, the two were outscored and outperformed by Kevin Durant, who scored 17 of his 36 points to lift the Thunder to its first Finals victory. […] ‘This is one game,’ James said. ‘We’ll make adjustments. This is going to be a long series. I’m not worried about the end of the series right now.’”