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As seen in the following video, James told D-Wade, “It was either here or the Garden,” in reference to which venues were meaningful enough to play host to their final game against each other:
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D-Wade thanks Bron for letting them have their final showdown at Staples: “It was either here or The Garden. That’s it.” https://t.co/uz8Moft78D
According to Michael J. Duarte of NBC Los Angeles, James further explained his comment about Madison Square Garden in New York City:
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LeBron James said in reference to his “here or the Garden” comment that no other venue could have held this final duel between LeBron and Wade other than those two venues. (Not that he was thinking of signing with the #Knicks)
James and the Los Angeles Lakers prevailed 108-105 over Wade and the Miami Heat to improve to 17-10. LeBron finished with 28 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds, while Wade registered 15 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench.
James and Wade are not only close friends, but they are also linked from a basketball perspective, as they led the Heat to championships in 2012 and 2013.
Prior to the start of the 2018-19 season, Wade said he planned to retire at the close of the campaign.
That means there are only three ways the two could meet again, and none are realistic: an NBA Finals meeting, an All-Star Game selection for Wade, or if another team on the Lakers’ upcoming schedule trades for Wade.
Neither James nor Wade have ever played for the New York Knicks, but they have been vocal about their love for MSG and its atmosphere. Their discussion after Monday’s game was a tip of the hat to The World’s Most Famous Arena.