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Dwyane Wade, Amare Stoudemire tout chemistry after beating Pelicans

Neither Dwyane Wade nor Amare Stoudemire meant this as a contrast to what's currently happening in Cleveland or anywhere else, or might have happened in New York or some other NBA city.

Though, naturally, that's what some did when I posted some of these quotes on Twitter.

Even so, they're worth publishing in their entirety here, because they speak to what the Heat's become: a loose but focused team with players who seem to like each other. 

"Winning does that," Wade said. "But I think the biggest thing is that everyone loves to feel involved. We got a few guys like (Udonis Haslem) and Josh (McRoberts) and Gerald (Green) who don't play on an every night basis, but everybody who gets in the ballgame, they feel involved in the game, involved in the team. And that makes guys happy, that makes guys feel good. At the end of the day, obviously, everybody loves to win, but when you're a part of the winning, that makes it sweeter." 

Wade referenced "a lot of growth right now in this team, where guys can get on each other, and there's no sensitivity back right now. Everybody knows, especially this time of year, everybody's just trying to win. And if somebody makes a mistake, guys have that quick banter back and forth, and we move on from it. And that's healthy. You need that. If you're going to be a good team, if you're going to compete, you got to have guys who respect the other guy's opinion of what he's saying and go out and try to correct it."

The biggest difference lately is you're seeing Luol Deng and Goran Dragic, among others, take a more active leadership role on the court. It's not just Wade. He said that's what he wants. 

"Yeah, it's their team," Wade said. "I think, early on, they kind of looked at it like myself and Chris (Bosh)'s team. And when you look at it that way, you kind of take yourself out of your leadership. And when Chris went out, Lu knew he needed to step up. And Goran has understood, he is the starting point guard of this team. This is his team as well. After playing together for 60-something games now, everyone is starting to feel comfortable with their roles on this team. And understand their importance to the team. Once you start to understand that, it makes it a little easier to speak up and speak out." 

Stoudemire echoed Wade's sentiments. 

"That's the beautiful thing about our team, is we have no egos involved," Stoudemire said. "So if someone screws up, we can honestly speak to them about it and no one takes it to heart. But if someone does great, we also give them compliments. That's what is great about this team." 

 

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