As the Miami Heat prepare to open training camp tomorrow, players and staff answered questions at media day earlier this afternoon. As always, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were on the top of the list.
James dodged questions regarding 2014 free agency and Wade denounced last season’s injuries. The main focus of both stars was getting prepared for their journey to a three-peat.
As Wade attempted to change the focus to this year and away from last year’s personal playoff struggle, he made an intriguing comment and chuckled as the words left his mouth.
Referring to himself as Miami’s “second option”, the All-Star guard seemed to have come to grips with the fact that James is now the main man in South Beach.
Although the Heat have seen terrific success over the last three seasons, the “Big 3” have struggled to mesh as one. With three players use to being the first option and main contributor, Chris Bosh, James and Wade have gone through a learning experience and continue to get better as a collective unit.
Wade’s epiphany is actually a great sign for the defending champions. He lightheartedly joked about his status as the “second option”, but also said that he had to be more accurate and work harder for his opportunities.
I am sure that there will be plenty over-analysis of Wade’s comments, but everyone knows that James is the go-to option. Every team does not have a first and second option that both average over 20 points per game.
All this comment means is that Wade understands his current position on the team and only cares about winning as many championships as possible. Miami has something very special that the NBA and us fans do not see every day, there is no sense in letting ego get the best of it.