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Dwyane Wade on LeBron James: ‘I’m seeing a different focus and look that I haven’t seen’

2015 NBA Finals - Game Three

2015 NBA Finals - Game Three

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Dwyane Wade won two championships playing alongside LeBron James, and the duo took the Miami Heat to the Finals in each of the last four seasons.

He’s seen plenty of greatness out of LeBron, and he’s seen it up close. But he’s never seen his former teammate dialed in quite like this.

“Obviously I played with you for four years, and I’ve seen you in many different arenas,” Wade said to LeBron, during a postgame interview he conducted on ESPN. “Let’s talk about your mindset right now, Because I see a different LeBron. I see a different focus and look that I haven’t seen. And I’ve seen a lot.”

It’s something others have noticed, as well.

From Sam Amick of USA Today:

James, who tried to replicate the Miami Heat’s Big Three model in Cleveland only to find himself as the lone All-Star on this Kyrie Irving/Kevin Love-less group that has no business being ahead against the Warriors, is sharing messages of motivation at every turn.

Publicly. Privately. Those closest to him are struck by this fiery look that’s in his eye, a focus and will the likes of which even they have never seen and a selfless style that is so perfectly contagious.

Whatever is motivating LeBron at this point, it’s driving him to play at a level that’s enabled him to carry his team to an improbable 2-1 series lead over the Warriors in these Finals.