When Dwyane Wade was struggling during the playoffs last season against Indiana, he sought personal advice from someone he had trusted for a long time.
During an off day, he drove 50 miles south in search of that person. There, at the Indiana University in Bloomington, Wade met with Hoosiers' coach Tom Crean — Wade's college coach from their days at Marquette.
Crean broke down some tape for Wade and gave him his thoughts on how Wade could get his game back on track. Wade also got a good old-fashioned pep talk.
LeBron James never had that sort of relationship with a college coach because, well, he never went to college.
Instead of signing with Ohio State — as he said he would have done had current NBA Draft rules been in effect then — James went straight from St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio, to his hometown Cavaliers as the top pick of the 2003 NBA Draft.
Mike Krzyzewski, who has won four national championships in four decades at Duke, has seemingly stepped in to fill that void.
LeBron James looks to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski for counsel
Miami Herald | Oct 23