If you need a lesson in taking the high road, you could do far worse than the statement Dwyane Wade released regarding LeBron James. After his running mate and good friend jumped ship on Friday and decided to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Heat legend chimed in with a statement sent to the AP’s Tim Reynolds:
"As a friend and a teammate, I am sad to see my brother LeBron leave to begin a new journey. 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 him 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."
We’ll see if Wade is still signing that tune next season when he is working the ball in to Josh McRoberts and Udonis Haslem during crunch time rather than simply giving it to LeBron and getting out of the way.