Dwyane Wade respects LeBron's decision

By TIM REYNOLDS | AP Published:

LAS VEGAS -- Dwyane Wade wished LeBron James stayed in Miami.

And now he's wishing him well regardless.

Wade released a statement Saturday calling James -- who announced Friday he is leaving the Heat and returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers -- "my brother," and said he supports the four-time NBA MVP's decision.

"As a friend and a teammate, I am sad to see my brother LeBron leave to begin a new journey," Wade's statement said. "In 2010, we decided to come together all for one goal -- to win championships and we succeeded. We were friends when we first joined the league and created an unbreakable bond the past four years. Our collaboration will always be very special to me both personally and professionally."

"We shared something unique and he will always be part of my family," Wade continued. "LeBron made the right decision for himself and his family because home is where your heart is. I know this was not an easy decision to make and I support him in returning to his roots. As an organization, a community, and as individuals, we achieved the goals we set when we first signed on together. We are champions."

Together, James, Wade and Chris Bosh went to the NBA Finals in each of their four Miami seasons together, winning the championship twice. Bosh and Wade will remain with the Heat.

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