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Dwyane Wade insists he will adapt to the Miami Heat's new style of play

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Dwyane Wade is a legend within the NBA at this point, after 13 highly successful years with the Miami Heat.

Typically speaking, players with such status within a franchise, a la Kobe Bryant with the Lakers, command a certain level of respect that reverberates around the organisation. If Wade ever wanted to put his foot down, chances are the Heat would, at least, give him the courtesy of their ear.

But it seems Wade has no interest in pushing his own agenda. In fact, per recent reports, it's quite the opposite for the 12-time All-Star.

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Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has reported that following the Heat's excellent run of form since the All-Star break, the beginning of which the 34-year-old missed, Wade has insisted the fast-paced style they played at without him is how the team must operate moving forward.

Jackson said: "After the Heat, without Wade, scored 115 points against Atlanta in its first game after the All-Star break, Wade got up and gave a "speech" to teammates the next day, Dragic said. The message? According to Dragic, Wade "said: ‘We want to play like last game. Play your game. I am going to adapt, don't worry about that.'"

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As a three-time NBA Champion and one of the most popular players of the last decade, it's encouraging for Heat fans to see Wade go about his business with no ego and purely with the team's best interests at heart.

The Florida franchise have won five games on the bounce and seven out of nine since the All-Star break. To achieve that run without Chris Bosh makes the conversion of styles all the more impressive, but it must be noted the signing of Joe Johnson has also contributed to the progress down in Miami.

The Heat have scored 100 points or more in seven of their last nine outings and Goran Dragic's penetration from the one spot has been pivotal to the offensive resurgence.

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A backcourt of Dragic and Wade is a formidable prospect in the right setting. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are the leading lights from the guard spots, but DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, as well as Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, have both risen to challenge, if not rival them.

Why wouldn't Dragic and Wade be in that conversation? Utilising the duo to kick-start electric attacks with Luol Deng, Hassan Whiteside and Johnson in the frontcourt is an exciting brand of basketball that all those men seem to complement.

The career-long Heat man's speech to his teammates is a small example of his veteran qualities influencing this Miami unit in the correct way. Many sections of the media have criticised Bryant's retirement tour, seeing it as a distraction to the young core the Lakers possess.

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Whilst there's nothing tangible to support that theory, Wade certainly displays a selfless attitude that is yielding great results for the Heat at present.

Now that they're up to fourth place in the East, is a deep playoff run in the offing?

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Eastern Conference
NBA
Dwyane Wade
Miami Heat
Southeast Division
Kobe Bryant
LA Lakers
Pacific Division
Western Conference

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