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LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers means we get to see him go head-to-head with former Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade again.

Wade is looking forward to it, as he says James is his new favorite opponent to go up against now. Wade says it used to be Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant.

"Well, it used to be Kobe Bryant...the second best all time...now, I have a new favorite player to play against...my former teammate, LeBron James," Wade said, via Bleacher Report.

A lot of people are looking at "the second best all time" comment, though. Is Wade saying Kobe is behind Michael Jordan the GOAT among NBA legends, or behind LeBron on his all time list of opponents?

Either way, Kobe is probably none too pleased. Heck, it might even make Kobe more motivated whenever his Lakers play the Heat in the 2014-15 season.

The Score offered this comparison of Wade's head-to-head records against LBJ and Kobe:

PlayerWins/LossesField Goal %Points
Dwyane Wade13-90.45927.6
LeBron James9-130.46929.4

PlayerWins/LossesField Goal %Points
Dwyane Wade10-80.44925.3
Kobe Bryant8-100.45528.2

Based on that, I guess you could see why Wade looks forward more to playing LeBron now despite the fact the two haven't played each other since four years ago.


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