Almost lost in the attention LeBron James has garnered this season is the fact that Dwyane Wade is putting together yet another devastatingly efficient basketball campaign. During the Heat's 18-game winning streak, Wade is averaging 24.2 points, 5.6 assists and 2.6 steals while shooting 55.2 percent from the floor. He has also kick-started a renewal of his marketing presence, with a new shoe line and an upcoming Gatorade commercial with Peyton Manning and Serena Williams. As part of the campaign, Wade took a few moments to speak with SI about his career, his evolution as a player and the Heat.
Then the next phase was getting Shaquille O'Neal, and automatically you're looked at differently in the eyes of everyone -- you have to compete for a championship. So I had to grow up fast as a young player on the court. I had to become a leader, not vocally, but by my actions and my play I had to help lead us to a championship.
Then we lost Shaq and went into a rebuilding phase in Miami. I went through some injuries. I went through some personal issues. But I came back from that and got healthy, went to the  Olympics and led the league in scoring and kind of reinvented the Miami Heat all over again.
Now we're in this phase of the Big 3 era, where we've been able to compete for the championship the last two years and will have an opportunity, hopefully, for many more. I've had to wear a different hat in every different phase. It doesn't get boring, I'll tell you that.
We're not perfect. We're going to make mistakes in the sense of public perception, but you've got to learn from them. Just like anything else, the only way you're going to learn is by doing it. I've made mistakes and I've learned from those mistakes. We're not complaining. No one has told us how to do it. We're just trying to figure it out on the fly. So hopefully our kids will be better at it than we are.