Chris Paul jokes that he couldn't join the LeBron-era Miami Heat because he and Dwyane Wade couldn't decide who would wear No. 3

AP Photo/David J. PhillipChris Paul could have joined Dwyane Wade and LeBron James in Miami in a league-altering move, but couldn’t figure out which jersey he would wear.
  • Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade joked about their potential team-up during the LeBron-era Miami Heat.
  • On Instagram, Paul and Wade said that neither player could give up No. 3, which both players famously wore.
  • Wade’s No. 3 jersey was eventually retired in Miami, while Chris Paul is still known as “CP3.”
  • Paul used his nickname as evidence that he should have gotten the number, telling Wade, “They don’t call you ‘DW3.'”
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Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade spoke on Instagram Live about their storied NBA careers and momentarily got into why the infamous “Banana Boat Crew” never was able to team up in Miami.

Wade and Paul, along with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, are good friends, with the four players teaming up on the United States’ Olympic team in 2008 and sometimes vacationing together. At various points in their careers, rumours of a super team have followed, both during the peak era of the Miami Heat and most recently when LeBron James joined the Lakers in the summer of 2018.

During their conversation on Instagram, Paul and Wade talked about one hurdle they could never get over while teasing a potential team-up – who would get to wear No. 3.

“After we talked for a while, and then we decided that I wasn’t gonna go to Miami and all that,” Paul said on Friday. “C.J., I remember my brother was sitting over there on the couch. And C.J. was like, ‘That ain’t gonna work anyway, ’cause who gonna wear No. 3?’ C.J. said, ‘Who gonna wear No. 3?’ And then you was on the phone, you know what’s crazy? I sorta found out who you were then.”

Paul argued that Wade should have been willing to give up the number, in an effort to make it work. But Wade said he couldn’t give up No. 3, due to the history he had made with it with the Heat.

“No, that was, like, my team. I couldn’t give up No. 3,” Wade said. “It was going to be retired there one day. I knew I couldn’t do that.”

But Chris Paul nailed his closing argument in the debate. “I get that and I respect that,” Paul told Wade. “But they don’t call you ‘DW3…'”

Wade then joked, “For all the people out there that’s listening, CP didn’t come to Miami because we couldn’t come to an agreement on No. 3.”

While Wade and Paul never got to team up, both of their careers worked out pretty well. Wade’s No. 3 was retired in Miami last year, while Paul is set to make $US85 million over the next two seasons wearing No. 3 for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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