ON THE ROLE HIS SISTER, TRAGIL, WHO IS FOUR YEARS OLDER THAN DWYANE, PLAYED IN HIS LIFE WHILE GROWING UP IN CHICAGO
She was like my mother and father. She took care of me and looked out for me and taught me the things I know and use today.
ON BEING A FAMILY MAN--HE HAS BEEN MARRIED SINCE 2002 AND HAS A THREE-YEAR-OLD SON, ZAIRE
No question it has made a difference on the court. It's forced me to be mature and helped me handle things that come up in the NBA. My wife [Siohvaughn] and I have known each other for what seems like forever. She was a person who I never really looked at [romantically] growing up [in Chicago]; then one day [in high school] she came over to me and asked me out, and we took it from there.
ON THE HEAT'S BEING A CONTENDER EARLIER THAN PEOPLE EXPECTED
I was surprised at how we all connected, from the preseason to when we ran off 14 straight wins [in December]. The thing that surprised me more than anything was [forward Eddie Jones]. He went from being our leading scorer last year to being the third or fourth option on some nights, and he's never complained.
ON PLAYING IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT (FOR MARQUETTE) VERSUS PLAYING IN THE NBA PLAYOFFS
The tournament was an opportunity to show the world we could play. But the NBA playoffs? Man this is what you grow up watching. It's like living a dream for me.
THE 6'4", 212-POUND WADE AVERAGED 31.0 POINTS AND 8.0 ASSISTS IN THE HEAT'S SECOND-ROUND SWEEP OF THE WIZARDS