Lebron James Was Reportedly Nervous At Dwyane Wade’s Wedding After Deciding To Leave Miami Heat
The Heat may be allegedly moving on with their lives and James may want to keep the focus on basketball business, but of course that just isn’t the case. It’s too easy to compare this situation to knowing you’re going to see an ex-girlfriend at a party but, frankly, that’s what it is like.
Just think how odd it felt in August for James when he attended Dwyane Wade’s wedding at a swanky castle outside Miami. Wade is the face of the franchise and the most popular player in team history. His wedding was essentially a giant Heat party.
James flew in to be there for his friend Wade, but apparently had to play a bit of a wallflower role. He never made his way over to Chris Bosh’s table because Bosh said James hasn’t spoken to him since he decided to sign with the Cavs in July. Though maybe it should’ve been Bosh who came up to speak with James; his decision to sign in Cleveland immediately saw the Heat increase their offer to Bosh by perhaps as much as $30 million. Bosh later clarified the two did speak at the wedding.
James later told friends that having to share the same room with Heat president Pat Riley was uncomfortable that night. It stands to reason it was probably hard to make eye contact with Heat owner Micky Arison or coach Erik Spoelstra as well.
It was an interesting juxtaposition from a wedding James went to in June in Miami. At that ceremony, for James’ longtime trainer Mike Mancias, Riley made it a mission to pull James into a corner to sell him on re-signing. He’d opted out of his contract just two days before and Riley’s exit meeting with James after the Finals didn’t go well. Ultimately, their discussion that night didn’t work out well for the Heat, either.
James always knew his return to Miami would be a challenge, and the NBA couldn’t wait for that drama — scheduling the Cavs in Miami as the featured game on Christmas Day. Having this preseason contest down in Rio, well let’s just say James probably hasn’t been really looking forward to this trip.
Sounds like some ol’ Saved By The Bell isht if you ask us.
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