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.
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
" My hands got tough from pulling ropes tied to cattle when I was a kid."
-- Vladimir Guerrero, Last of the Bare-handed Batters, page 33
"[SHAQ] NEVER PANICS, NEVER. HE HAS A CONFIDENCE THAT HE GIVES TO ALL OF US"
TWO COLOR PHOTOS
JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (Wade Playing, Guerrero)
TAMARA REYNOLDS (WADE STANDING)