Who is better Allen Iverson or Dwyane Wade

Wade is wearing 3 because of Iverson

Dwyane Wade reveals he's only wearing his jersey number because of Allen Iverson. LeBron James heats up the duel against the Chicago Bulls. Danny Granger will miss the Indiana Pacers a little longer. And: Kevin Durant wants to put less pressure on himself.

James and Wade ennoble Iverson

A few days ago, LeBron James named Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson his childhood idols. Now the King went one step further. In terms of his small body, James called "The Answer" "pound-for-pound, arguably the best player who ever played". The Heat superstar has been asked to make a statement about Iverson as the point guard will officially announce the end of his career on Wednesday.

"You could never question your heart or your will to win. He was a true warrior." Iverson last played in the NBA in 2010 and had repeatedly hoped for a comeback in vain. "I hate how his career ended, but he had an incredible career before," James told ESPN, and teammate Dwyane Wade also paid AI respect:

"He's one of my all-time favorite players. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady and Allen Iverson. Those were the guys I looked up to. I proudly wear the number 3 because Iverson wore the 3."

James: "We don't like them, they don't like us"

The Miami Heat expect an intense game against the Chicago Bulls. That much is certain. During training on Monday, the assistant coaches took out football pads, which would otherwise be used by running backs to simulate the toughness of the competition. LeBron James put the reason quite clearly: "We don't like them, they don't like us. It's no secret. We all know how it is."

Miami expects the Bulls to be doubly motivated. On the one hand because of the comeback of superstar Derrick Rose and on the other hand because the Heat will receive their championship rings before the game and the banner will be pulled to the ceiling. At the ceremony, however, the Bulls will not be in the hall, but in the locker room. "This is their celebration, not ours. We have to stay focused, prepare together as a team and be prepared because they will definitely be ready," said coach Tom Thibodeau.

It remains to be seen whether Greg Oden will be there. According to coach Erik Spoelstra, the decision to deploy will be made at short notice. Oden would make his comeback in the regular season after just under four years.

Durant wants to take it easy

Kevin Durant is still waiting for his first title. And that put him under a lot of pressure last season. "Last year I was obsessed with it. I couldn't sleep because I really wanted to win. I yelled at my teammates, the referees and the coaches. I went crazy thinking that if we don't win the bad games, we will win not even the championship, "Durant explained to" The Oklahoman ".

The superstar committed twelve technical fouls last year, more than ever in his entire career. This year he wants to take it easy: "Of course I still want to win, but I'm not so obsessed anymore. When I put myself under such pressure, it just doesn't work most of the time."

Granger is absent for at least three weeks

Everything should get better for Danny Granger this season, but now the Indiana Pacers small forward is canceled right at the start of the season. A torn hamstring forces him to take a three-week break. But Granger, who was absent for most of last season due to a knee injury, is not very worried.

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"It's nothing bad. I can run up and down the court, but when I jump it feels like I have a knot in my calf and it hurts. Doctors think I should sit out until I do feel no more, "explained Granger. This puts Lance Stephenson back in the starting five. The Shooting Guard had already represented Granger more than properly in the preseason.

No rivalry between Clippers and Lakers

For the new Clippers coach Doc Rivers, there is no rivalry between the two teams in Tinseltown. But the Clippers simply lack the successes. "The Lakers won a lot in the playoffs. They did, but we didn't. So I give them my respect. We have to earn that respect first. They have already earned it through their history," said Rivers.

But for many fans in L.A. there has been a rivalry since the blocked trade between Chris Paul and the Lakers three years ago. But Paul himself doesn't want to know anything about it either. "I remember when I came here and was asked how a rivalry can exist when only one team wins. Byron Scott always told me that there is only rivalry when you meet in the playoffs and there we have it not hit, "said the Clippers superstar to" ESPN ".

Wizards fire the three Suns players

It was already apparent right after the trade and now there is certainty. Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee and Kendall Marshall will not appear for the capital city after their move from the Phoenix Suns to the Wizards and are now on the waiver list. Brown is said to have piqued the interest of the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom he was already under contract from 2009 to 2011.

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Fine for Davis

Memphis forward Ed Davis was fined $ 15,000 after his Flagrant Foul 2 against Donatas Motiejunas. Davis was thrown off the pitch in the fourth quarter of the preseason game against the Rockets.

Knicks pull option at Shumpert

Unsurprisingly, the New York Knicks drew the option for Iman Shumpert's fourth year of contract. It was also revealed that Chris Smith, brother of J.R., made it into the final Knicks roster. Smith only played 20 minutes in the preseason. Many Knicks fans suspect that he only made it into the squad because of his brother and was then insulted on various social media channels.

Sixers sign Davies

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed Brandon Davies. The forward, who played for the Los Angeles Clippers in the Summer League and in the preseason, is entering his first NBA season.

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