Over the past eight years, we have been witnesses to some of the most electrifying entertainment that the NBA has had to offer.
The Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade has captivated the NBA world from the start with his flashy style of play that features lightning-quick crossovers, incredible ball-handling skills, finesse layups, and powerful throw downs over the top of some of the league's top defensive players. He also won our hearts with his 2006 NBA Finals performance, when he led his team back from a 2-0 deficit to an eventual 4-2 win.
The best part about Wade and his unbelievable knack of playing the game? He's extremely humble and modest while doing so. He's not the type of player who will talk smack before, during, or after a game, and he's certainly not the type of player who could tear a franchise apart the same way some of these elite players do when they don't get their way.
He's as humble as you'll ever see from a player of his caliber, and it's a breath of fresh air to see that some players don't need to run their mouths to get the media's attention.
While Wade has performed the impossible game-in and game-out, it has proved costly to his body and his overall health. He's had to go through a number of surgeries over the past eight years and has missed over a year's worth of games that he could have played if not for the ailments that he has suffered from.
Soon to be 30 years old, Wade's going to need to relax a bit when it comes to the reckless abandon style that he currently plays at. His body won't be able to take as much damage before it regresses, and he'll need to take some measures if he wants to avoid that while still being a reliable part of the Heat franchise.
Here are five things that Wade could do to still be a reliable part of the team years from now.
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