During the Heat’s post-parade celebration inside AmericanAirlines Arena, Wade cracked: “Me and LeBron were about to fight in Game 6.”
Wade, who is close friends with James, was asked about that later in the day.
“When you are in moment and every possession counts and someone messes up or someone feels like someone messes up — not block out or turn the ball over — you give each other death stares. You complain. We had a moment of each other of back and forth. Our teammates were looking at us like, ‘We don’t see this often.’ But we wanted to win so bad. After that, we move on.”
Resting his knees
Wade said he has been advised to give his knees a month of rest. After that, his focus will be on rebuilding strength in his legs.
Wade said the discomfort in his right knee — which had three bone bruises — “was terrible” during the first three rounds, especially in the Indiana series.
It improved in the Finals, after “our trainers started treating it a little different.”
His left knee, which was injured in a Game 6 collision with Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, required “painful” draining last Wednesday and hours of treatment Thursday, the day of Game 7. He reiterated he doesn’t expect to need surgery.
This and that
• Wade said he felt his 2006 championship was for Alonzo Mourning and Gary Payton “and those guys who played so long and never won,” and the 2012 title was “LeBron’s [because] he never won one. Get that monkey off his back.”
But Wade said this championship “is for me. There’s not a lot of players in that category of winning three. I wanted to be there for the legacy I’m building.”
Said Udonis Haslem: “With those knees, he can have it.”
• Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said this championship “felt more challenging.”
• Spoelstra showed his team another replica NBA championship trophy before and during the playoffs; the Heat made check marks on it after each win.
“It’s more of a contract, promises we made to each other each,” he said. “We would bring it out from time to time to remind ourselves of the promises.”
Spoelstra said it was marked blood red for the Bulls and Pacers because “the series were so dang physical,” and silver for the Spurs series “out of ultimate respect for our competitor.”
• Shane Battier will conduct player interviews during ESPN’s NBA Draft coverage on Thursday.