The greatest player in Miami Heat history isn’t necessarily the most celebrated one. Still, to hear anyone pick LeBron James over Dwyane Wade is going to draw a polarizing reaction.
On Wednesday, Tyler Herro declared his “favorite player on the Heat” was James (not Wade) and it got downright flammable in the comments section. The 21-year-old star was just supplying an honest answer to a fan’s question. Remember, the Milwaukee native grew up in an era where James was a four-time MVP and considered the best player on the planet.
Why wouldn’t he admire The King? It was the obvious choice, although Heat color commentator Tony Fiorentino felt the need to defend Herro’s selection and explained the logic behind it. Here is that conversation (via Brendan Tobin):
Herro: “I’d have to say LeBron James. I mean, you can’t go wrong. D-Wade, LeBron, either or, but I feel like growing up for me LeBron was probably my favorite player on the Heat.”
Fiorentino: “You see what you guys don’t understand is, and sometimes the adults don’t either, is it’s all subjective. It’s all whatever your opinion is, it doesn’t mean anybody is right or wrong. My favorite, the most celebrated player in team history is Dwyane Wade, and you can debate the rest of it.”
Herro: “For sure, for sure.”
From a franchise-record standpoint there isn’t much debate. Wade leads in nearly every statistical category: games (948), minutes played (32,912), assists (5,310), steals (1,492), points (21,556). James takes top billing in triple-doubles (9), player-efficiency rating (29.6), minutes per game (38.0). Of course, James and Wade are both NBA legends who contributed equally during back-to-back championships for the Heat in 2012 and 2013.
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