“We know we’re a special team and hopefully one day when we’re all looking back we can look back at the great things that we were able to accomplish, and be a part of history,” Wade said on Tuesday. “But we’re just trying to continue building that right now.”
For Wade, history blurs over every blemish, especially the perception that luck played a large role in the Heat’s 2013 title.
“All people know is that [Michael Jordan] won six,” Wade said. “They don’t remember exactly how he got there. They don’t remember the tough games that he had and having to come back and being down to Utah and all these things when it was looking questionable, so it’s going to be those moments.”
Wade called Washington a young team that is still learning “how to play and how to win together,” but acknowledged the Wizards “have a lot of talent.” If Washington can remain healthy this season, it has the potential to earn its first playoff berth since 2008. The Wizards are arguably the second best team in the Southeast Division.
“I thought coming into last season they were going to be a much more improved team, then John Wall got hurt and that kind of stunted their growth a little bit at the time,” Wade said. “You saw when he came back they started to become a better team and putting it together, so this is a team that has playoff potential and for us a potential first-round team.”
• Michael Beasley missed the game due to an infected cut on his elbow.