If the playoffs started today, the Cleveland Cavaliers would face the Miami HEAT in a highly anticipated and intense battle between two Superstar teammates.
James didn’t want to get caught up looking ahead, but he acknowledges that facing his former team would fun for everyone involved.
That would mean Heat-Cleveland Cavaliers, for the first time ever in the playoffs.
That would mean LeBron James vs. Dwyane Wade, best friends for the first time head to head in the postseason, after several memorable regular-season matchups.
“You look at the standings, you see who’s two-seven. If we continue to do well, we’ll probably face the seven seed and we’ll see what happens then,” James said at the Cavaliers’ practice facility in advance of Thursday’s nationally televised game against the Heat, with the teams entering with those seedings. “But it’d be good for the fans, for sure. And it will be good for me and D-Wade, just being two guys that love to compete.”
James went to four straight NBA Finals as a member of the HEAT, and is keen on such a matchup leading to huge ratings for the NBA.
“I mean just to go against a champion, a competitor like himself and that franchise,” James said of what Heat-Cavs in the playoffs would mean. “Obviously I’m not there yet, but I am kind of in playoff mentality.
“But as far as my opponent, I’m not there yet, obviously, because I lock down on what I need to do.”