Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wade and James talk MSG at practice
By Tom Haberstroh
The media session at Wednesday's Heat practice was a little different than usual. Typically, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade take turns speaking to a sea of reporters. One after the other, never together at the same.
But on Wednesday, for whatever reason, James and Wade shared the floor just as they do on the postgame podium. And they certainly enjoyed each other's company and the back-and-forth was far looser than normal.
Asked about whether the two should expect to be a little rusty in Thursday's game against the New York Knicks after playing only two games in 11 days, Wade jumped in first.
"What rust?" Wade questioned. "No rust. We needed the rest and we're going to miss some shots. We're going to be a little bit tired early. That's a part of basketball. But there's not going to be rust going into the Garden. Our energy and our adrenaline will be going and we're not going to come out and hit every shot. We're going to miss some but we're going to hit some as well, so --"
James interrupted Wade.
"Plus, we've got two guys playing on our team that really enjoy playing in that building," James deadpanned. "I don't know where they are right now, but we've got two guys on this team who thrive on playing in the Garden so I don't think we'll be rusty."
James has always expressed an adoration for Madison Square Garden. What makes it so special for him?
"It's everything," James said. "It's everything that comes with it. It's the history. It's the crowd. It's the atmosphere. It's the Mecca of basketball. As kids, you always want to be able to play in the Garden. In my eight years and D. Wade's eight years, it's been great."
One mainstay of James' visits to Madison Square Garden is a mid-game exchange of words with courtside attendee Spike Lee. One reporter asked James about the details of those conversations.
James spent a few seconds searching for an acceptable answer, but Wade bailed him out by jumping in front of the cameras.
"Get me out of here!" Wade exclaimed, in reference to his tag line in a T-Mobile TV ad.
And with that, the two bolted together, leaving a crowd of laughing reporters.