5 Things the Common Fan Doesn't Understand About Dwyane Wade

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5 Things the Common Fan Doesn't Understand About Dwyane Wade
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After a challenging postseason, Dwyane Wade finished on top again.

You may know about Dwyane Wade's difficult childhood, shuttled between his divorced parents—with his mother dealing with drug addiction—and his sister Tragil playing a large role in raising him.

You may know that he was a late bloomer in high school in the shadow of his older brother Demetris, and that, after he was ineligible as a freshman, he emerged as a college star for Marquette University.

You may know all about the ups (2006 NBA MVP, three championships, nine All-Star games) and downs (shoulder and knee injuries) that he's suffered during his NBA career since the Miami Heat drafted him No. 5 overall in 2003.

You may know about his difficult divorce and about his high-profile current relationship with actress Gabrielle Union. 

You may know about his nicknames, from D-Wade to Flash to WoW (which, thankfully, hasn't stuck) and now to the moniker he gave himself after winning his third championship.

"My name is Three, not Dwyane," he said to open his press conference following the Game 7 victory.

You may not know, however, that he doesn't eat seafood. 

That he doesn't drink alcohol.

That he doesn't dance all that well, which is why a cameo in a Cameron Diaz movie was so stressful.

That he has a shoe addiction. 

That he is scared of snakes and, somewhat less rationally, high-flying birds.

Here are five more facts about the guy who calls himself Three:

(All quotes for this piece were collected over the course of the author's coverage of the Miami Heat for the Palm Beach Post.) 

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