Eight years after his NBA Finals heroics, Dwyane Wade must now adapt

If the Miami Heat hope to win another title, they need to understand the Dwyane Wade they have, not the one they lost.

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If Riley thinks Wade is going to play "a major role" on the Heat for years to come, it’s clear he wasn’t watching the same NBA Finals as the rest of the world.

It’s true — Wade can still be a more than capable NBA player for some time. But the 2006 Dwyane Wade is long gone. And he’s not coming back.

And a team tailored to a Dwyane Wade who can adjust to the new realities might just be one that gets back to the Finals next season.

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