After 16 years of playing in the NBA, LeBron James is now not only a monument to basketball players but also a model for athletes around the world. However, the path to becoming great like today is not easy.
Remember in 2010, when deciding to move from Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat, LeBron James was cast as the “first villain” in the NBA. It is not easy for LeBron James.
“LeBron James at that time was completely disoriented in life when he did not know what to do to handle this widespread publicity. He was stuck because he suddenly became an antagonist while the word so far used to be praised and loved by everyone, “a reporter shared about the difficulty LeBron James faced.
Media crises like this easily defeat anyone, even basketball players like LeBron James are no exception. However, he was fortunate to overcome it through a trip with his close friend Dwyane Wade.
In the summer of 2011, Dwyane Wade and her wife, some close friends and LeBron James went to the Bahamas to rest. This is where LeBron James regained confidence, returned to himself and was ready to cope with all difficulties. On the white sand beach stretching in the poetic Bahama Beach, LeBron James and his close friends have a serious talk with sincere advice.
“They told me a lot. They said: “Listen, you need to return to your own person, remember who you are. We understand what led to his becoming a villain like today. But that’s not you. He could not conclude his career with the image of going to the field and becoming a bad guy to face the world like that.
He needs to regain the feeling of playing the Magic Johnson legend, combined with Penny Hardaway’s sophistication but still full of determination like Michael Jordan. That is himself. You are yourself. Don’t let the outside world make you have to become someone else”, LeBron James recalls about a worthwhile summer talk in 2011.
Those words of Dwyane Wade and Rich Paul or even Gabrielle Union (Dwyane Wade’s wife) reawakened LeBron James’s lost thoughts. After the NBA final against the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, LeBron James and his Miami Heat comrades returned and dominated the NBA for the next three seasons.
“If I didn’t have Dwyane Wade in my life, I wouldn’t be able to sit here with the position and the glorious achievements like today”, LeBron James said. From the opponent, becoming a teammate, then back into a rival, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade created one of the best friendship stories that ever existed in the NBA. Whatever happens, the relationship between LeBron James and Dwyane Wade is always the same.
“Many people say that we should not be friends with rivals because then, we will not be able to compete with them. However, even if we are close friends, we are constantly competing, competing with each other to push themselves to new heights”, LeBron James talks about their friendship.