Dwyane Wade is keeping track. He’s heard analysts say this Miami Heat lineup will be a flop. He’s heard other players lash out over the way LeBron James made his decision. He’s heard executives from other teams list Boston and Orlando as the teams to beat in the Eastern Conference He’s not bothered nor angered, he says. But at the Summer Groove charity game Wade co-hosted Sunday with Alonzo Mourning, he acknowledged that when the Heat convene for training camp in late September, the naysayers will serve as motivation for himself, for James, for Chris Bosh and everyone else inside the Miami locker room.
“My whole career is built on fuel,” Wade said. “It’s always been there. It’s not going to change what I do with my life. It’s not going to change the way I am as a person. But it fuels you. And we all need that. Every athlete, every competitor needs something to fuel them. It’s going to happen throughout the year.”