LeBron James said he didn’t sleep for weeks after Miami lost in the NBA Finals. How did the rest of the Heat’s Big Three deal with the defeat to the Dallas Mavericks?
Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh appear to be on the opposite ends of the spectrum in their responses. It’s very clear that LeBron, Wade and Bosh were all haunted by the collapse in the NBA Finals during their first season together as the ‘Dream Team.’ The Heat fell short of expectations and this year they look to come out with a vengeance in the shortened season. LeBron, Wade and Bosh all spoke of improving their game in the off-season and with a healthy Udonis Haslem along with the addition of Shane Battier, the Heat could be even better than last year.
Dwyane Wade joined 790 The Ticket in Miami with Jorge Sedano to discuss the “Big Three” of the Miami Heat being the pioneers of a new NBA where every player wants to team up and make a “super team,” the NBA becoming a league of players teaming up with each other and how he dealt with the NBA Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
You guys were pioneers. Everyone wants to team up and make “super teams.” You guys feel like that?
“No I don’t feel like a pioneer, but it’s a different time. It’s a different game. Guys want to…it’s not the time no more where guys are worrying about just themselves and wanting to be the star. This is the time where guys want to put themselves in a position to win a championship, to compete for a championship and also quality of living as well. Quality of living from other places to Miami is a little different in other cities as well. It has a lot to do with that just as much as it has to do with playing with stars.”
Do you kind of laugh about how everyone is now saying this is how the NBA goes with players teaming up to make super teams?
“That’s the way the world works. [Host: You gotta laugh at that though] You gotta laugh at that. It’s just like – I’ll use an example before and I heard him say it just like Allen Iverson. When Allen Iverson first came into the league – Allen Iverson had braids and tattoos and no one liked it. Now everyone – not just in the NBA, but all around the world they wear braids and have tattoos. It’s not a bad thing. Allen Iverson took a lot of heat early on when he came into the league. Whenever you are the first person to do something in a sense and I am not saying we were the first ones to do it, but the way we did it was kind of the first one to do it. It’s always going to be taken differently because it’s change. Our president can deal with it, so we can deal with it.”
LeBron James said it took him two weeks in a room to recover from the NBA Finals loss. How did you deal with the way it all went down? The whole season and the ending in the NBA Finals?
“Well mine was a little shorter. How I dealt with it? Obviously I was sick. It took me a long time to go to sleep, but I stayed in the bed without moving until about two o’clock and around two o’clock my kids kept banging on the door and I could tell they wanted to go play basketball. What I did was I texted myself and I said can you bring me something to eat? Then I put on ‘Coming to America’ and I watched ‘Coming to America’ on my computer and that’s my favorite movie. It’s the greatest comedy ever. It’s my favorite movie. So after ‘Coming to America’ went off my kids knocked on the door again and they said ‘Dad and I want to go outside and play basketball.’ I said let’s go. At about three o’clock the next day I had to move on with my life. I had to understand the kids – it didn’t stop for them. I had to go and be daddy.”
Listen to Dwyane Wade on 790 the Ticket in Miami here [Audio begins at the 1:23:00 mark of the podcast]
Chris Bosh joined 790 The Ticket in Miami with Jorge Sedano to discuss getting married during the off-season, his wedding healing the wounds of his NBA Finals loss and becoming obsessed with watching the NBA Finals loss to the Mavericks over-and-over again.
Take me through the world wind that was the off-season for Chris Bosh?
“Man it was too long. It was too long. I was able to kind of sit back and reflect on what happened in the NBA Finals. I was able to get married to the girl of my dreams and make sure she hears that. Really after that we went around and saw the world and did a lot of traveling and then I was eager to get back into the gym. I was eager to get back and start working out. I thought about last season every day. I felt I had a lot more to give this team. I had to get a lot better, so I wanted to work.”
So was the wedding cathartic for you?
“That’s a big word. [Host: You’re a smart guy] What does that mean? [Host: It means did the wedding help you get over the situation?] A lot of people ask me did it help me, but it did. It did help me man. You know just to really just kind of get my head, wrap my head around something else. Are you married [Host: Yes] With all the planning and the napkins and table cloths. See that was the thing. I really got into it because I know how it is to kind of be like ‘yeah do that’ and then it sucks. I didn’t want that feeling. That was one of the major points [the food for the wedding]. We had so many tasting tests. It was a lot of fun. I got to really, really put my mind into something else and by the time I knew it I was refreshed and I was ready to go back to work.”
How many times have you watched the NBA Finals games?
“Which ones? [Host: Any of the games. The NBA Finals?] With the NBA Finals? I think I have watched them at least four or five times each. My wife says it’s a lot more, which is probably true. I’ve watched hours and hours and hours. I watched a game to see what we did wrong and then I watch a game and see what we did right and then I watch the same game. What did the Mavericks do right? What did we do that we couldn’t stop them. Oh that’s what they did. Then I just watch one dude individually. It got obsessive. That’s kind of how I liked it. I was just really looking for answers in how I could improve and that’s the highest stakes and I think you learn the most during that time.”
Listen to Chris Bosh on 790 the Ticket in Miami here [Audio begins at the 1:26:30 mark of the podcast]