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In the end, it was all worthwhile. Wade will soon be getting his third ring _ “3 for No. 3,” as the shirts many of his friends wore amid the Heat celebration pointed out.

“Selfishly, I’m going to say we won this one for me,” Wade said. “Because of the way my career has gone and the things I’ve dealt with personally, I wanted this third one. In my mind, it validates the player I’ve become in this league. When you change your position, going from being talked about as one of the three best players in this game to people questioning your ability, I needed this one to validate that what I did was the right thing. I can be at peace with anything going forward.”