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By Rob Peterson

July 26 -- From leading the Heat to the second round of the playoffs to joining fellow rookies Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James on the U.S. Olympic team, Dwyane Wade's career is certainly on the rise. As USAB starts its pre-Olympic tour, NBA.com talked to the Miami guard about what playing in Athens means to him.

How does it feel to be a part of the Olympic team?
Wade: "It feels good. It feels good to be a part of something like the Olympics and part of a team like that with some of the best players."

Wade -- seen here dunking recently during Zo's Summer Groove -- will be relied on to provide athleticism and scoring for the U.S.
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Was making the Olympics a goal of yours?
Wade: "Not really a goal. The NBA was a goal, winning an NBA championship was a goal, but the Olympics are an extra and I'm honored to be on the team."

Do you have any favorite Olympic memories?
Wade: "Just watching how the great players of the Dream Team came together and the way they won it was unbelievable. So many great players on one team to come together like that just played as a team and destroyed it."

What do you know about Coach Brown?
Wade: "Coach Brown, for one, I like him off the court. We always talked when we played Detroit. He's a great guy. I know he's a tough coach, a hard-working coach that gets the best out of his players. You can't expect more than that."

What do you expect out of the experience?
Wade: "I expect to learn a lot of things about the game, to win a gold medal and to be with the guys on the team."

Have you given any thought as to what it will be like at the opening ceremonies?
Wade: "No, I haven't, but I think it will a great experience and someday, I hope people can experience what I'm going to experience."