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Dwyane Wade: "I was always the underdog"

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Dwyane Wade shocked the world this summer when he finally departed the Miami Heat after 13 years and signed for his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls.

Most people had Wade penciled in as a one-team kind of guy, much like Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.

However, the shooting guard became frustrated as the Miami front office continued to take him for granted.

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In a video with actor Jamie Foxx for Variety and Mercedes-Benz USA, Wade discussed how life has been far from plain sailing for the 34-year-old and how he was an underdog way before this summer.

“I was always the underdog, and it was OK because I embraced that,” Wade said. That just pushed me and pushed me, and even getting drafted fifth pick in the NBA I was still an underdog.”

A lot of different things motivate players. LeBron James was clearly fuelled by the prospect of bringing a championship to his hometown of Cleveland.

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For Wade - a former two-time title-winning teammate of James' - he explains how his father helped influence the way he approaches the game.

“I remember one game I had like—this was the most proud he’d even been of me—I had ten points, 11 rebounds, I had like nine assists, nine steals, I had like eight blocks and I saw pride in my dad.

"And at that moment I said, ‘I need to be a player who’s not just about points, a player that does everything, so I can get that look in my dad’s eyes.”

Wade will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest two-guards of all-time when all is said and done. However, he still has plenty of business to take care of in the Windy City before that time arrives.

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