An exhausted, yet stoic, Dwyane Wade could finally admit as much as he slowly walked out of Air Canada Centre on Sunday evening to board the team bus for the dreaded flight back to Miami. The preferred option on the Miami Heat’s open itinerary was a trip to Cleveland for the Eastern Conference finals.
Wade and LeBron James communicated about the possibility they would match up as rivals only two seasons after they broke up as teammates in Miami. Together with the Heat, Wade and James won two NBA titles and advanced to four trips to the NBA finals in as many years.
Earlier Sunday in a text message, James wished Wade luck going into the Heat’s showdown in Game 7 against the Toronto Raptors. By the time it ended, with the Raptors rolling to 116-89 victory to eliminate the Heat, all James could offer Wade was consolation.
“I tried to get us there,” Wade said through a fatigued smile of moving on to Cleveland. “I did what I could. I don’t know how much I would’ve had left when we got there. But it would’ve been awesome.”