After spending four successful years together in Miami, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are preparing to do battle once again as opponents tonight, but for the first time representing their hometown teams.
Wade and the Chicago Bulls welcome the Cleveland Cavaliers to the United Center and the Bulls star has opened up about the pair's on-court relationship in South Beach and how his game needed to adapt.
The duo, along with Chris Bosh, formed a big three with the Heat and went to four straight finals, winning two championships.
Initially, doubts were raised as to how two ball-dominant players like D.Wade and LeBron could co-exist on the same team, but the former says it was he who had to give up more in order to make it work.
"I definitely changed mine more," Wade said. "It's not even a conversation. There's no conversation to have. I definitely had to change mine more.
"We all knew the sacrifice that was going to be [made]," Wade said. "Obviously, you sit down and you talk about playing together. You think you know what's [going to happen], you try to cover things in that moment, but then once you start playing together you realize it's harder than what you thought.
"But we all knew we had to sacrifice. Chris Bosh, too. He's somebody who they don't talk about, he had to sacrifice a lot too."
After losing in the finals to the Dallas Mavericks in their first year together in 2010, the veteran shooting guard admitted that he told James to become the leader of the team as he felt that was their best chance of being successful.
The result was two rings and an unforgettable period for the franchise and its fans. Now the three-time champion and former finals MVP is hoping to emulate his ex-teammate by delivering a title to his hometown of Chicago, a feeling they haven't had for 18 years.