LeBron James was the face of the Miami Heat during his four-year spell with the South Florida franchise, but reports today suggest that the four-time MVP felt he wasn't considered as such by some within the organization in comparison to Heat-lifer Dwyane Wade.
Basketball Insider's Steve Kyler revealed some interesting details regarding LeBron's position within the Heat franchise last season:
"It's not as much fun to be a mercenary as you think," Kyler wrote before adding:
"This was said to me around the draft, that as much as LeBron meant to Miami, Dwyane Wade was always treated better and I think LeBron wanted that unconditional love you get from your hometown."
The comments raise a number of questions but could it be that LeBron truly felt under valued in Miami considering the hype he generated from the moment he revealed his 'decision' in 2010?
LeBron - Wade friendship
His relationship with Dwyane Wade is also one of the strongest in the NBA.
Both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade entered the league in 2003 and have become close friends in the proceeding 11 years - their relationship on and off the court a key factor in the Heat's recent title success.
James of course jumped ship this offseason however, returning home to the Cleveland Cavaliers whilst Wade re-signed to the franchise he has spent his entire career playing for.
Wade himself spoke of his understanding with regards to James' decision to leave for the Cavs, but it is no secret as to just how well-respected Wade is in Miami.
The fact that he was already in Miami for several seasons before the 'big three' combined has certainly earned Dwyane Wade additional respect amongst many, and his status as a Heat-lifer could have perhaps caused some underlying tension with James.
Not with Wade himself you understand, but with those in the franchise believed to be holding the veteran guard on a higher pedestal than LeBron himself.
As the best player in the league (despite what Kevin Durant's 2013-14 MVP Award may suggest) LeBron deserves to be treated as such - in terms of pay structure and his position within the roster - and James will certainly get that back with his home-state team in Cleveland.
Unlike in Miami, LeBron James isn't vying for the position of top dog - it is his outright in Cleveland.
Whilst the likes of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love will help create a formidable trio, LeBron is set to earn the same unique status within the Cavaliers organization that Dwyane Wade achieved in Miami a long time ago.
Of course there are other issues which were key to James' shock decision, namely his desire to be close to family in his home town of Akron, but it is interesting to hear new input surrounding such a high profile move.
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