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Dwyane Wade Isn't Sure If The Miami Heat Would Have Won More Championships If LeBron James Stayed: "That Golden State Team Was Right On Our Heels."

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The Miami Heat won two titles during the 2012 and 2013 seasons under LeBron James' leadership. Their big three featuring James himself, as well as Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh looked extremely dominant during that period.

However, LeBron James decided to go to his hometown of Cleveland in 2014 free agency instead of staying with the Miami Heat. Many people have thought about how many championships LeBron James could have potentially won if he decided to stay with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Heat. 

Dwyane Wade was recently asked about this exact matter on an episode of the Jalen Rose: Renaissance Man podcast and stated that he didn't know if the Miami Heat would have won more championships if James decided to stay. He admitted that he "wasn't in my prime anymore" and also mentioned that the Golden State Warriors were "right on our heels".

I don’t know. I don’t know. That Golden State [Warriors] team was right on our heels. I really don’t know. I wasn’t in my prime anymore. I was outside of my prime about 2014. So, that would have made it hard for us to really win if I was still going to be a big part of it. Chris Bosh not knowing what he was going to be dealing with later, he was in his prime and LeBron was in his, but I wasn’t in mine anymore. And it would have made it tough to keep going, so I would have really had to find health in a big way very quickly to keep competing at that level and because my body was going through so much.

It's certainly intriguing to think about these sort of what-ifs. LeBron James did end up winning a championship in Cleveland during the 2016 season, so it's not as if he made the wrong decision. However, there's belief from others like Chris Bosh that the Miami Heat could have won one more championship had LeBron James decided to remain a Heat player.

LeBron James has moved teams a lot of times, but he has won on every franchise he has been on. While it's fun to speculate about whether LeBron James could have won more if he had stayed with the Miami Heat, he was justified in leaving.