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Dwyane Wade of course is among LeBron James’ closest friends and confidantes, but the 36-year-old veteran insists he will play no role whatsoever in helping James when it comes to the latter making a decision this upcoming summer about his NBA future, nor is he inclined to engage in any recruiting, either.

Wade, happy to return home to South Beach when the Cleveland Cavaliers shipped him back to the Miami Heat last week at the NBA trade deadline, weighed in on his pal’s looming decision.

“No. No, I don’t have anything to do with it, none of that,” Wade said, via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “One thing I know is he makes his own decisions. So when we get to that point, hopefully, he takes a good look at the place he’s at and gives that real consideration and then goes from there.

“It’s his decision and I don’t want nothing to do with it at all.”

James of course can become a free agent after the 2018 season should he exercise his option, which he is widely expected to do. While that by no means indicates James will depart Cleveland for a second time, there is at least a chance his second stint with the Cavaliers organization could come to an end this summer.

That said, it would seem that the Cavaliers blowing up their roster last week has rejuvenated James. The Cavs are in the midst of a four-game winning streak — not to mention winners of seven of their past 10 — following Tuesday’s 120-112 road victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

While the Cavaliers still remain five games back of the Boston Celtics (40-18) and six back of the Toronto Raptors (40-16) for second and first place, respectively, in the Eastern Conference, it’s entirely possible James and company are about to turn it on for a stretch run to the postseason.

That conceivably bodes well for the Cavs as it relates to James deciding whether or not to stay. But one thing seems clear: Wade will have no part in counseling his buddy about it.

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When it is all said and done, Michael Jordan and LeBron James may go down as the two greatest basketball players who ever lived. But even talents as big as theirs had help along the way. Over Jordan's 15-year NBA career, he played with 13 teammates who played in at least one NBA All-Star Game, while LeBron, currently in his 15th season, has played with 21 All-Stars so far. How many of these 33 players (one played with both MJ and LeBron) can you name in six minutes?

Good luck!

CLUE: MJ or LBJ / NUMBER OF NBA ALL-STAR APPEARANCES

Note: An asterisk (*) indicates that the player made at least one NBA All-Star Game while teammates with Jordan or LeBron.

Score:
0/33
Time:
6:00
MJ / 9
George Gervin
MJ / 9
Robert Parish
MJ / 7*
Scottie Pippen
MJ / 6
Artis Gilmore
MJ / 3
Richard Hamilton
MJ / 2
Dennis Rodman
MJ / 1
B.J. Armstrong
MJ / 1
Bill Cartwright
MJ / 1*
Horace Grant
MJ / 1
Steve Johnson
MJ / 1
Christian Laettner
MJ / 1
Charles Oakley
BOTH / 2
Jerry Stackhouse
LBJ / 15
Shaquille O'Neal
LBJ / 12*
Dwyane Wade
LBJ / 11*
Chris Bosh
LBJ / 10
Ray Allen
LBJ / 4*
Kyrie Irving
LBJ / 4*
Kevin Love
LBJ / 4
Shawn Marion
LBJ / 4
Ben Wallace
LBJ / 3
Derrick Rose
LBJ / 3
Deron Williams
LBJ / 2
Carlos Boozer
LBJ / 2*
Zydrunas Ilgauskas
LBJ / 2
Antawn Jamison
LBJ / 2
Rashard Lewis
LBJ / 2
Isaiah Thomas
LBJ / 1
Juwan Howard
LBJ / 1
Kyle Korver
LBJ / 1
Jamaal Maagliore
LBJ / 1
Wally Szczerbiak
LBJ / 1*
Mo Williams
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