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'I feel like I need 3 rings': As playoffs loom for Heat, Dwyane Wade talks mindset and legacy

  • Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade dunks over Chicago Bulls' Daequan Cook (14) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Sunday, April 14, 2013. The Heat won 105-93. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, David Santiago) MAGS OUTThe Associated Press

  • Chicago Bulls' Kirk Hinrich (12) shoots as Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)The Associated Press

Dwyane Wade has his money, has his fame and has his legacy.

All that's left, he says, is adding to that legacy.

Wade is a perennial All-Star who has been to the NBA Finals three times, and when the playoffs open this weekend he and the Miami Heat will be heavily favored to get there again. He says in an interview with The Associated Press that he's always felt like he's needed at least three rings to reach the level of career success he always envisioned.

He's got two rings, from 2006 and from last season. A third, he says, "would put me in that special group that only a few can say that they're in."