FORT LAUDERDALE. Fla. -- Amid offseason analysis about whether the overlap between their games has reduced their individual productivity as teammates, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade insisted Thursday that chemistry with LeBron James is a non-issue.
"We figured it out. I think we did a very good job," Wade said during an appearance on ESPN Radio, as he promoted his charity event this weekend in his native Chicago. "It didn't hurt. LeBron was still third in the league in scoring. I was still like fifth in the league in scoring."
Wade actually finished fourth, with the two helping the Heat advance within two victories of an NBA title before falling in the NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks.
"It really didn't change much of our ability once we got comfortable," Wade said. "Me and him are very good friends. We're two guys who want to make it work, who wanted to make it work for our teammates to be successful, so we did.
When that collaboration continues remains in doubt, with the NBA in the midst of a lockout and more than a month having transpired since the last round of negotiations. Talks reportedly will resume next week.
"As everyone knows, we're in negotiation and it's not looking great as of now," Wade said. "But that doesn't mean it can't change. So, obviously, we're very positive that we're going to have a season. We just don't know when, as of now. That's negotiations, and we'll try to make sure we'll have a season for our fans and we don't want to lose this year."
For the Heat, the lockout comes with high stakes. Wade, James and Chris Bosh each have the option of escaping their current contracts in the 2014 offseason. While he said he has been getting much of his lockout insight from friends such as union executive Chris Paul, Wade said he would take a more active involvement in the negotiations if needed.
"Obviously, as it gets closer to the time, when our season looks in jeopardy, it's going to be getting more intense and more guys are going to get more involved into it," he said.
Camps had been scheduled to open Oct. 3, with the Heat scheduled to open the exhibition season at AmericanAirlines Arena on Oct. 11 against the Orlando Magic and the regular season Nov. 2 against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
"I'm not worried right now," he said. "Obviously, I would love for the season to be starting when it normally starts and we won't have to go through this, but we understand some of the things the owners are saying."
As for the option of playing overseas, Wade cast that as a more likely option for others.
"At the end of the day, this is the real world," he said. "In the real world, if you're not getting paid for a whole year, you can give me anybody, you're going to have to find a way to make sure you make up some income, no question about it.
"I mean, obviously, every guy in the NBA doesn't get paid the same amount of money, so there's going to be guys that have to take different measures and different steps."