Call him Dwyane or D-Wade or Flash — whatever you call him, just remember that he’s one of the most popular and decorated players in the NBA. Wade led the Miami Heat to its first NBA Championship in 2006, when he was the named NBA Finals MVP. Two years later, he led the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team (aka the “Redeem Team”) in winning the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. He topped that victory the following year by leading the league in scoring. Off the court, he’s known for his philanthrophy. Earlier this year, he co-founded a Haitian earthquake relief fund that solicited donations from other athletes.
Born in Chicago’s South Side, he grew up idolizing Michael Jordan. Recently, Wade gave us the inside scoop on his pre-game rituals and weighed in with his thoughts on LeBron.