Dwyane Wade, LeBron James Discuss Showdown in Cleveland
The Miami Heat faced with a barrage of questions after the victory against the Detroit Pistons about Thursday night's matchup in Cleveland. Here are some of their answers unedited ...
Dwyane Wade on getting LeBron James comfortable:
"The biggest thing is to be consistent with the way we approach and get ready for games. As a team we all have a lot of fun together getting ready for games. We just have to keep it up and keep his mind on basketball as much as possible. It's going to be very emotional for him.
"It's nothing that none of us are going to understand. But he understands and he knows that no matter what's said, his new family has his back and loves him truly and dearly. We want nothing but great things for him. We're going to try out there and get another win. We want to win three games in a row and this is a special game for our brother. We're going to play hard for him."
Zydrunas Ilgauskas on returning to Cleveland:
"It is going to be emotional for both of us. We spent a lot of years there. We had a lot of great times. There's still a lot of people left in the organization, that work in the arena, people that live there that I care for. I feel like they're family members.
"Unfortunately (Thursday) we're going to be on the different side of the barricades. But it's life and things happen in life. Going back, I wouldn't change anything that I did. I'm happy here and we got a really good group of guys that really stuck together and really came together fast as a family. So we'll go there and try to get a win. It will not be easy, obviously."
LeBron James on how he will approach the game:
"I always try to be aggressive early. I'm starting to figure out exactly how we're playing and we're playing good basketball right now. Getting early touches -- I know that floor, I know my spots on that floor. I know exactly where I need to get to where I feel comfortable on that floor. So I'm very comfortable there."
James on "The Decision:"
"You learn from decisions that you make. There's always pros and cons with any decision that you make. I'm happy here. I've stated that if I could have done it a little different I may have, but what came out of the whole thing with me raising money for those kids to be able to have a better life -- anytime I can shine a light on kids, for me, that's a plus. When you can do things like that, I wouldn't change it."
James on the reality of playing in front of Cleveland fans:
"I feel mellow right now. That will change as we're going to the meetings, getting ready to prepare for that team, get on the bus, head over to the arena, actually go through the tunnel, walk through the hallways and actually stop at the first locker room.
"Once you're on the court, honestly, you're able to not think about it as much. This is what we do. Any distractions, if you ask any professional athlete, once they get into their zone, field, court, or whatever the case may be, it's easy to forget about everything else and just focus on what you do best.
"Once that ball is tipped off ... I'll be ready."