CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The first assist of the NBA season was recorded at roughly 2:43 p.m. EST, in a makeshift conference room on the University of Miami campus, when LeBron James and Chris Bosh deferred to Dwyane Wade.
It came in response to a media day question about the Heat being perceived as a team of “villains” and how exactly, Big Three, do you plan to deal with that?
And so LeBron and Bosh both passed their microphones to Wade, literally caught in the middle on the podium.
“Appreciate you passing the ball,” Wade said to both.
So there you have it. So much for the notion that these three players, all former All-Stars, all used to carrying a team, would be reluctant at times to defer to the other.
“Your welcome,” said Bosh.
Wade, LeBron and Bosh are already 1-0, having aced their first preseason news conference of the season. They sounded great, looked great, left folks with the notion, anyway, that this will turn out just fine. Of course, we’ll reserve judgment until the heat of the moment, when emotion is running high and something is actually on the line. But they said all the right things today, even LeBron.
Oh, and as for Wade’s answer? A good one, actually.
“Chris, Bron and myself, we’re gong to be very unselfish. It’s our job to build confidence in everyone around us. When the ball hit’s your hand, you let it go.”
You let it go. Which is what LeBron is practicing these days, with regard to the flack he took for “The Decision” and leaving Cleveland.
“I’m standing tall,” he said. “I’m cool, man. I’m cool. At the end of the day, you’ve got to win. I’m going to let my play do the talking. All this hero-villain stuff, it’s bizarre.”
Not sure how you feel about these three, and what they’re capable of doing this season. But please, this isn’t about being selfish. They wouldn’t be here if they were.
Watch the Heat’s first preseason game, Tuesday at 7 p.m. on NBA TV.