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Dwayne Wade
Edited by Kostya Kennedy
May 23, 2005
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May 23, 2005

Dwayne Wade

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ON HIS REPUTATION AS A FEARLESS PLAYER

That's what I love about the game, the fierceness of it, going in and hitting bodies. That makes me feel good. You can't think about getting injured. You have to go in there with the thought that you're going to make a play happen and finish. Hopefully my body will stay healthy enough that I'll never have to change my style.

ON HIS PLANS TO SPEND THE SUMMER MODELING FOR SEAN JOHN

I'm excited. I'll be modeling different styles of clothes and traveling to cool places like Paris. You get a chance to think about what you're going to do once your career is over. You want people to see you as more than just a basketball player.

ON BEING NAMED ONE OF PEOPLE'S "50 MOST BEAUTIFUL"

I knew about it for a while before it came out, but I had to keep it secret. Now the guys give me a hard time, but I don't mind. It's a fun thing to have happen.

ON THE EXPECTATIONS THAT COME WITH PLAYING WITH SHAQUILLE O'NEAL

I didn't really feel any added pressure. I was mostly excited about the team. For me, people are watching me now, getting to see how I can play, not just hear about it.

ON SHAQ'S INFLUENCE IN THE LOCKER ROOM

He never panics, never. He's always talking to you, saying, 'Listen to me and listen to Coach, and we'll be all right.' He has a confidence that he gives to all of us. And when he makes a couple of free throws and does that run he's famous for [lumbering down the court swinging his arms], it's hilarious. You can't help but laugh.

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