Miami Heat were dealt a huge blow this summer when star player and four time NBA MVP LeBron James decided to join the Cleveland Cavaliers.
LeBron James was the key member of a Heat team that included superstars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and went on to contest four NBA Finals, winning two Championships.
Both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh remain at the Miami Heat despite LeBron's exit, and the departure of 'King James' has left a huge hole to fill in Miami.
No more LeBron luxury
But despite all the negativity that is in the air in Miami, the Heat's star point guard Wade still remains optimistic about his team's chance during the upcoming 2014-15 NBA season.
Wade plainly admits that replacing LeBron will be hard, but the veteran baller believes it can be done. He states that LeBron can't directly be replaced, but Wade insists he will play harder and longer and sacrifice his health to make sure the Heat move forward without LeBron.
"As many as god will let me. You always want to be on the court. This year, without LeBron, we don't have the luxury we've had the last few years,” Wade told the Wall Street Journal.
Willing to play more
Wade insists that Miami Heat can still make the playoffs without LeBron, but he feels he and his teammates will have to improve without James on board.
That is something that Wade is more than willing to do, and the three-time NBA champion revealed that he is going to stretch himself in the upcoming season to give his Heat team the best at winning post-LeBron.
“But you can't control that. I'll hope for the best, knock on wood that everything will go great, and I'll play as many games as I can," Wade added.
Meanwhile, in other basketball news, Team USA won the FIBA World Cup earlier this season after they beat Serbia 129-93. It was a dominate cup campaign by the US side and one of the top performers was Kyrie Irving.
The Cleveland Cavaliers point guard is touted as one of the most promising players in the NBA, and speaking after the tournament's final, Irving admitted winning gold with the USA has to go down as his best basketball achievement. For the full interview, see the video above.