Every LeBron James fan may have different views if they are to pick the best part of his legacy. Some may insist that it was with the Cleveland Cavaliers where “King James” truly made a name for himself, but others will surely argue that James’ run with the Miami Heat was the pinnacle of his career.
Both cases have a point, but if we ask Miami-based rapper and Heat faithful Rick Ross, LeBron wouldn’t be a legend in South Beach if it wasn’t for Dwyane Wade.
Rick Ross credits D-Wade
Looking back, James was indeed the biggest draw in his draft class. However, it was Wade who won the chip first. That speaks a lot of D-Wade’s winning mentality. It's also one of the reasons why James was convinced to take his talents to Miami in 2010.
Indeed, the James-Wade combination, garnished with another All-Star in Chris Bosh, did the Miami Heat good, so good that it gave the franchise two NBA titles, back-to-back to be exact.
Some give the props to James for putting Miami back on the map, and while it is somewhat true, Rick Ross believes people should not forget that it was a noble move for D-Wade to take a step back a bit and make way for “King James.”
“If Wade wasn’t there, Lebron wouldn’t have come to Miami,” Rick Ross told ESPN’s "First Take" in 2019. “It’s a real class, it’s a real class to bring him into the family and let him know, ‘Imma feed you that rock, you know when you [LeBron] gon’ be the face [of Miami].’ D-wade did it with class… And that’s why he [Wade] would never not be number 1.”
The King appreciates it
After four seasons with the Heat, James made an epic return to Cleveland, where he would finally win his lone NBA championship as a Cavalier. In 2018, he decided to make the big switch to the Los Angeles Lakers and gave the storied franchise one championship as well.
However, the truth remains that James never managed to win back-to-back titles again since parting ways with Wade. And he is well aware of it.
“To accomplish what I really wanted to accomplish in this league, and that’s winning at the highest level, I needed him,” James said of Wade. “That’s why I made the jump [to Miami]. I appreciate more than I can express in words what he did for me when I went down to Miami.”
For sure, fans will still debate about who’s who during James’ stint in Miami. But as it turned out, Rick Ross was right when he said that as far as Miami goes, we can’t talk about LeBron without acknowledging Wade.