After moves, Wade isn’t bothered by Heat naysayers

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“I have to come back. This is not something I could pass up,” Jones told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “This is too much of an opportunity to bypass.”

In a few days, Miami has gone from a young team to a veteran one with title aspirations.

“When it comes to the top players and the excitement of players, you can’t put a price tag on experience and we’re bringing that in with guys like Juwan and Big Z and Mike Miller and of course UD coming back,” Wade said. “We went last year and the last two years of having a pretty young team of guys. Now we’re a veteran-type team.”

And that team will have a bulls-eye, Wade said. He expects that when the NBA schedule comes out in a few weeks, teams around the league will check first to see when they’re playing the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, then when they’ll face the Heat.

“We’re not even the champions but we’re going to get that kind of attention from teams,” Wade said. “It’s a respect factor.”

That “respect factor,” as he put it, is what matters more than any doubters.

Wade knows what Miami will have in the locker room, and to him, that’s more important than what any outside entity might say about the Heat summer of 2010.

“I’m not really concerned about what people say any more,” Wade said. “I’ve made my comments. Inside here, we know how competitive we’re going to be. At the end of the day, we’ve got to play the game of basketball. We’ll all see then. There’s not much to say.”

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