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Miami Heat icon Dwyane Wade headed back to Olympics

MIAMI – With an gold-medal banner already in place at Kaseya Center, Dwyane Wade will get to live out another Olympic moment at this summer’s Paris Games, with NBC announcing Wednesday that the Miami Heat icon will serve as an analyst for the network’s basketball coverage.

Wade, who won gold at the 2008 Beijing Games while a member of the Heat, previously had served as a TNT studio analyst for NBA coverage from 2019-22, before moving on to focus on other ventures.

Wade, 42, led the undefeated “Redeem Team” in scoring at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, highlighted by a game-high 27-point performance in the championship matchup against Spain. He also produced “The Redeem Team,” an Emmy-winning documentary that reflected on the 2008 U.S. Olympic men’s team.

Among those who will be representing USA Basketball at the Paris Games will be Heat center and former Wade teammate Bam Adebayo, as well as Wade NBA championship coach Erik Spoelstra, the Heat coach who is on the staff of Team USA coach Steve Kerr. Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, who shared in Heat NBA titles with Wade in 2012 and ’13, also is on the Team USA roster for Paris.

“I have tremendous pride when I look back at my time competing as an Olympic athlete,” Wade said in a statement, having also represented Team USA in the 2004 Athens Games, where he won bronze. “I have the utmost respect for these players and their commitment to greatness. It will be an honor to witness their journey in person and share this special experience with viewers while we unite to celebrate their pursuit of the gold.”

Wade’s agreement with NBC comes in the wake of reports of the network being positioned to soon land NBA television rights, potentially positioning the former Heat guard for additional high-profile game analysis.

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