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Dwyane Wade on Dream Team: No more star hatred in NBA

Miami Heat forward Dwyane Wade smiles during a

Miami Heat forward Dwyane Wade smiles during a news conference. (June 13, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

OKLAHOMA CITY -- After watching the documentary on the 1992 Dream Team, Dwyane Wade said the rivalries and the "hatred" that many of those stars had for each other before they teamed up for the gold medal is lacking in today's game.

"I'm not going to say it's missing," Wade said and then smiled. "It's missing . . . It's a different time. Now it's not as much hatred. It's still competitiveness, guys want to beat other guys, but it's a different world, it's a different time where guys have an opportunity to be around each other more and be closer."

That is what led to Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh joining forces in Miami after they spent time together while playing for the Redeem Team in 2008.

In the documentary chronicling the 20-year anniversary of the first time pros played in the Olympics, it took time for them to build trust and friendship. Wade was most surprised that Michael Jordan forged a strong relationship with Chuck Daly, the coach of his bitter rival, the Pistons.

But Wade related to some of the experiences, including the fan reactions and competitive practices, and thinks a sequel of the show should be in the works for his team.

"We had some matchups people don't talk about much," he said. "But they got some behind-the-scenes stuff. Maybe in 20 years we can get us one and you all can see a little behind the scenes of what the Redeem Team went through."

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The Knicks will play five games in the Las Vegas Summer League from July 14-20. Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan and whomever the Knicks get in the June 26 draft -- they own the No. 45 pick -- will be among the players on their team.

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