After playing with each other for years and winning two NBA titles together, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will now get to watch their sons participate (and hopefully win) their own championship as teammates next month onwards.
According to a recent report by the Los Angeles Daily News, their eldest sons, LeBron “Bronny” James Jr. and Zaire Wade, are set to join the basketball team at Sierra Canyon High School in California next season. Bronny, who will be entering his sophomore year, plays guard, while Zaire, a senior, is also a guard and already has offers from two universities.
As per reports, the deal to bring both players to the prestigious high school has been done for weeks. James and Wade, who retired recently, became teammates in 2010 when the former decided to leave his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers to join forces with Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat, creating the modern blueprint for a “superteam” in the NBA.
The duo went on to win two NBA championships in 2012 and 2013, until James made the surprise decision to rejoin the Cavaliers in 2014. Meanwhile Wade, after a brief stint on the Chicago Bulls, signed with the Cavaliers in 2017 for a reunion with James.
But after multiple losses, he was traded to the Heat in a massive overhaul of the franchise’s roster in February 2018.
The two NBA giants have a long-standing friendship and swapped jerseys with each when they faced off for the last time in December 2018 in the lead up to Wade’s retirement.
“It’s bittersweet, man,” James said in a joint interview after the memorable game.
He continued, “A lot of emotions going on right now for me just knowing I’m losing a brother in this game… There’s no better way than to end in the Staples Center, man. This is my guy, man. This is my guy.” On the other hand, Wade, who called James “one of the greatest players ever,” said their friendship goes “beyond basketball.”
“Whether we was teammates, whether we was opponents, we brought the best out of each other. I’m just thankful that I had the opportunity to be able to be drafted at the same time as this guy. The friendship that we have, you guys know that’s beyond basketball.”
“Not only is he one of the greatest players, [he’s] one of the greatest people. What he’s done on and off the court, it’s just second to none,” Wade continued to explain during the interview, nodding to James’ philanthropy. “This guy can play for as long as he wants, and I’ll be here to see it.”
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