Born in Chicago but synonymous with the Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade was one of the finest shooting guards of his generation.
After his first NBA season, where he was third behind LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in the Rookie of the Year voting, he was called up for Athens 2004 after a number of late withdrawals.
He struggled in Greece, making just 38.2 percent of his shots from the field as the USA took bronze after their shock semi-final defeat to Argentina.
Having led the Heat to their first NBA title alongside Shaquille O'Neal in 2006, Wade also took bronze at the 2006 FIBA World Championships before injury ruled him out of the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship.
But in Beijing, he showed how much he had matured during the Olympic cycle, leading the team with 16 points per game and top-scoring with 27 from off the bench in the gold-medal game against Spain despite Kobe Bryant being the starter.
Wade went on to win two more NBA Championships with the Heat, with Redeem Team colleagues James and Chris Bosh in 2012 and 2013, but a knee operation forced him to miss London 2012.
“"I know that people are counting on me. That’s why I have to keep working hard."”
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