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Dwyane Wade admits being at Miami Heat last season wasn't fun

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Dwyane Wade is a paid up, fully fledged member of the Miami Heat lifer club having spent his entire NBA career with the South Florida franchise thus far - winning three rings in the process.

But despite his devotion to the Heat cause it doesn't mean every day in Miami is paradise, a fact Wade admitted when speaking to reporters recently about the Heat's ultimately unsuccessful 2013-14 season.

Dwyane's Pain

"It was great, you know, we went to the Finals four years in a row, and it was everything we wanted from that standpoint, but sometimes throughout that run at certain times, it just wasn't fun," explained the perennial All-Star.

And it wasn't just Wade it seems who was down in the dumps last campaign, with the veteran point guard insinuating that there were others on the Miami Heat roster who felt the same way - LeBron included.

"Individually, it was great having certain relationships, and having my best friend here with me, but all of us didn't have fun all the time."

Having arrived at the franchise way back in 2003 Wade has been at the forefront of the Miami Heat's rise to near dynasty status in recent years.

Last season included, the team has made the NBA Finals for four years running but unlike in 2011-12 and 2012-13 they came up short against the San Antonio Spurs in dramatic fashion in the Finals series back in June.

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Troubling times

Wade, as with the entire roster bar LeBron James, under-performed as the Heat lost 4-1 during that series and the veteran endured a tough regular-season too with fitness issues constantly impacting on his game.

The 36-year-old appeared in just 54 Heat games during the regular-season as Eric Spoelstra attempted to keep one of his key men fresh for the playoffs amidst lingering knee issues for Wade.

And it looks like the player himself is starting to appreciate the time he has left in the NBA because of such worries:

"I think now I'm at the point where I want to enjoy the game. Because once I've won three championships and been so successful, you've got to have something to play for. And I want to be able to play for my teammates, and just the joy of the game," Wade explained.

New Miami

Dwyane Wade will, for the first time since 2010, be playing without his good friend LeBron James when the 2014-15 season gets underway in the few weeks.

The former face of the franchise jumped ship back to Cleveland during the offseason and Miami fans will be hoping Wade can step up to the plate in their former favorite's absence.

The veteran has spoken of his desire to become the leader once again but judging by his comments he will first be hoping simply to enjoy his basketball before thinking about taking the Heat  the top of the Eastern Conference.

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