Dwyane Wade says he and LeBron James shifted the culture of competitiveness throughout their NBA careers following the Miami Heat's 108-105 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers. With Wade retiring this summer, it was the last regular season matchup between the two players.
After the game, Wade discussed the influence of the 2003 NBA draft class that featured him and James. Wade stated that "we were definitely part of shifting the culture. I don't want to say changing it, we shifted a little bit. Even from the start with us, being so close, going out to eat, going to movies, etc., then go out and play each other the next night. People didn't understand that at first. But we shifted the culture of how you can still compete, you can still be great and push each other. It's not for everyone. You got the Mamba mentality, if it's not for Giannis, it's not for everyone. It's something that worked for us. We clicked from the beginning and we've pushed each other and helped each other's careers go up another level and another notch. So he's been great for me and I've been great for him".
James finished the game with 28 points, 12 assists, and 9 rebounds. Wade added 15 points, 10 assists, and 5 rebounds.