The Heat took a major step in retaining LeBron James by drafting UConn point guard Shabazz Napier last night.
For months, James has openly stated his belief that Napier is the best point guard in the draft, and it’s no coincidence the Heat traded with the Hornets to acquire him.
During the NCAA championship game in March, LeBron sent out multiple tweets praising Napier’s play. Then, a week later, James said this:
After Napier was drafted by the Hornets last night, LeBron sent out another tweet reiterating that the UConn guard is his favorite player in the draft. Moments later, news broke that Miami traded for him. Funny how that works.
Pat Riley insisted that he didn’t acquire Napier to please LeBron, but what else is he supposed to say?
“If LeBron and I have the same taste in talent, so be it,” Riley said. “We wanted this player. I fell more in love with him the closer we got to the pick, and I didn’t want to get left at the altar.”
James said recently that Miami needed to upgrade its roster if he is to return to the team, and drafting Napier is a big (LeBron endorsed) step in the right direction.
For what it’s worth, Cavs number one overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins also gave a shout out to LeBron last night. He took some time out of his busy night to say he thinks he and James would make a good tandem.
“I want to win,” Wiggins said. “If he wants to win, we’d be good together.”
Keep dreaming, Cleveland fans.