Dwyane Wade wished LeBron James stayed in Miami.
And now he’s wishing him well regardless.
Wade released a statement Saturday calling James — who announced Friday he is leaving the Heat and returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers — “my brother,” and said he supports the four-time NBA MVP’s decision.
“As a friend and a teammate, I am sad to see my brother LeBron leave to begin a new journey,” Wade’s statement said. “In 2010, we decided to come together all for one goal — to win championships and we succeeded. We were friends when we first joined the league and created an unbreakable bond the past four years. Our collaboration will always be very special to me both personally and professionally.
“We shared something unique and he will always be part of my family. LeBron made the right decision for himself and his family because home is where your heart is. I know this was not an easy decision to make and I support him in returning to his roots. As an organization, a community, and as individuals, we achieved the goals we set when we first signed on together. We are champions.”
Wade wasn’t the only one praising James for his return to Cleveland.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on Saturday called the decision “great for the league” and city.
“It’s obvious that LeBron has grown up quite a bit since ‘The Decision,'” Cuban said, referring to when James chose the Heat during a television special on ESPN in 2010. “How he handled it, his words, his approach were night and day. I think he deserves a lot of respect.”
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