I made bigger change than LeBron James did with Heat

CHICAGO — As he gets set for another showdown against his close friend and former teammate LeBron James, Dwyane Wade acknowledged Thursday that he had to change his game far more than James did during the pair’s four years together with the Miami Heat.

“I definitely changed mine more,” Wade said with a laugh after Thursday’s practice. “It’s not even a conversation. There’s no conversation to have. I definitely had to change mine more.”

Wade said that while he and James knew before they decided to join forces in Miami that their respective games would change, it was Wade’s game that was altered the most. He didn’t have to have a conversation with James about it because the answer was obvious to both men.

“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. But at the end of the day, we sacrificed points, article hits, but what we gained was championships, friendships and brotherhoods that last a lifetime. So I’m sure if we could do it all over again we’d do it exactly the same way.”

Wade, who will be making his first appearance against James in a Chicago Bulls uniform on Friday, doesn’t hide from the fact that playing against his former teammate means more to him than most games.

“I’ve always said it: Kobe [Bryant] and LeBron have always been my favorite guys to play against,” Wade said. “It’s just something about those games for me that’s always been a little special. I won’t be one of those cliché athletes to say it’s just another game. It’s never just another game for me to play against those guys. I just enjoy it more. Simple as that. I enjoy playing against LeBron more than anybody else just because of the things I know he’s going to bring to the game. Great people bring greatness out of you. He’s always done that for me and vice versa. I think I’ve done it for him. So I’ve always enjoyed it.”

Wade, in his 14th season, didn’t rule out the possibility of playing with James again at some point in his career, but he made it very clear how happy he was to be in Chicago.

“I never thought I would play with LeBron,” Wade said. “I didn’t think it was a possibility at all. I enjoyed the All-Star Games, I enjoyed the Olympics, but I never thought that we’d play together. That’s why now I look with younger guys and what they say and stuff like that because you never know what the future’s going to hold for you. Just keep your comments to yourself on the future. So I would keep my comments on myself for whatever. For me, I’m here and I’m happy to be here but I was happy in Miami as well. It just happened. And you never know what happens in this game. So people should never say never on anything.”

Then Wade leaned closer into the microphones and recorders present at the Bulls’ practice facility.

“That’s not saying that I want to play with LeBron [again]. Let me clearly say that. That is not saying that I want to be somewhere that I’m not. That’s not saying that at all, but also I understand how this league works, how this thing goes, and people need to know just don’t say never, that’s all.”

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MIAMI — Chris Bosh(Chris Bosh Jersey) has issued a response to those who might think he should abandon his hopes of playing in the NBA again in order to ensure he’s healthy to raise his five children.

His message: His children are why he wants to keep playing.

“I want my children to know that Daddy was a fighter and he just didn’t give up very easily,” Bosh said.

Bosh released the latest — and since it was called “Finale,” presumably the last — installment of his video series on LeBron James’ Uninterrupted platform Tuesday, parts of which were apparently taped on the day the Miami Heat began training camp in the Bahamas last month.

Bosh — who had his last two seasons cut short because of blood clots — remains on the Heat roster, though is no longer in the team’s plans going forward after he failed his preseason physical last month and wasn’t cleared to resume basketball activities. He’s owed nearly $76 million for the next three seasons, money that is guaranteed even if he doesn’t play.

“What I would say to the people who just see the money and kind of see my situation and say, ‘Hey, just walk away’ — I get it. I totally get it. I understand you. I hear you,” Bosh said. “But I’m not really thinking about money. I’m just thinking about where my heart is. I love the NBA. I love playing basketball every day for a living.”

Bosh, 32, repeated that he plans to continue trying to play, and said he believes basketball is “just what I’ve been placed here to do.” He also said he wants his quest to play to serve as a reminder to people that giving up on a goal should not be done lightly.

“All I have to do is just leave and you’ll never hear from me again,” Bosh said. “I’ll probably just do other things and I’ll be fine — and that makes it confusing, because I know where my heart is. And I would just feel like I’m giving up if I just walked away, just easily like that.”