What is the one area of LeBron James’ life in which Dwyane Wade says he is not blessed

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade blocks a shot by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the Heat’s victory on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

MIAMI – Goran Dragic is in his 10th season in the NBA and during that time LeBron James has scored in double figures in every game he has played.

James has scored at least 10 points in 867 consecutive games, breaking Michael Jordan’s record. Of those, 294 games were with the Heat – James scored in double figures in every game he played during his four years in Miami – which is the team record.

“It’s crazy,” said Dragic, whose NBA debut was Oct. 29, 2008. “It’s tough to do that. So many nights you don’t feel well and people get hurt, they have to leave a game. But he continues to improve himself. He jumps higher, runs faster. I saw some quote that he’s like wine. I agree with that. He’s unbelievable.”

James’ streak started Jan. 6, 2007, more than 11 seasons ago.

“That’s crazy,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “His durability and consistency is Hall of Fame itself, forget about his talent and his approach and his impact on winning. The durability is something that … hard earned. He puts in a lot of time. Certainly he’s physically gifted from above but he is not taking that for granted. He really works at it.

“It’s a great lesson to a lot of young players. He learned it early at a young age, far before he got to us that the most important instrument to be able to express yourself competitively in this great association is your body. And you have to take the necessary steps to take care of your body not only to make sure you’re maintaining health but to get better and reinvent and to be able to become faster, quicker, jump higher and be healthier. A lot of players could do that but most players won’t make the necessary sacrifices or time commitment to develop that.”

Dwyane Wade is second and third on the Heat list with streaks of 148 (Feb. 1, 2008 to Feb. 16, 2010) and 108 (Nov. 24, 2010 to April 19, 2012). James played for the Heat from the 2010-11 season through the 2013-14 season.

“It’s a new record every day with that guy,” Wade said. “You now get to that point, now 15 years, where you kind of expect there’s going to be a lot of records he’s going to be part of and break. But the consistency of him being healthy, of him bringing it on a nightly basis, even when he has off nights, even when he’s not feeling as great, you really can’t tell from the naked eye.”

 

James turned 33 in December and is averaging 27.6 points, his most since 2009-10, a career-high 9.1 assists and equaling his career best of 8.6 rebounds. Yet, with Cleveland third in the East, he’s considered to be running second in the MVP race to Houston’s James Harden.

Still, this does not have the look of a streak that will end anytime soon.

“Who knows when he’s going to slow down,” Wade said. “He may never slow down. He may retire and he can still go for 20 a night. You just never know with him. But he’s definitely blessed. Not even to have a hamstring strain. He can roll his ankle nine straight games in a row and just tie his shoe up tighter and just go.

“I always tell him, God blessed him with everything but a hairline.”

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