However, according to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, they aren't getting nearly as much criticism that they got when they decided to join forces. “No one will ever be able to compare what we went through,” James said. “Even though they're not winning and they're losing a lot of games, it's still nowhere near what we went through. Yeah, right. That level of magnitude was nowhere near where ours was two years ago. Nothing. Nothing compares to it.”
The Miami Heat will take on the Los Angeles Lakers next week, the same day that the NBA will announce the starters for the 2013 All Star Game.
“It's the Lakers,” Wade said. “They're America's team. I keep saying it. They're the standard of what the NBA has been for years, Boston and the Lakers. But the Lakers are in L.A., the big market. So, from that standpoint, you understand it. You get it...I know [Kobe Bryant] understands it,” Wade said. “That's the nature of the beast out in L.A. I don't know if every player that comes through there understands what you're getting yourself into when you walk through those Lakers doors.”