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Dwyane Wade tells Jay Leno celebrity relationships ‘very hard’

 
 
Actress Gabrielle Union, left, talks with E! while walking on the "white carpet" with boyfriend Dwyane Wade, right. Heat players Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem sported the Miami Heat Hublot Watch, the King Power Miami HEAT, on the white carpet during a fundraiser at a private home in Coral Gables on March 21, 2012.
Actress Gabrielle Union, left, talks with E! while walking on the "white carpet" with boyfriend Dwyane Wade, right. Heat players Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem sported the Miami Heat Hublot Watch, the King Power Miami HEAT, on the white carpet during a fundraiser at a private home in Coral Gables on March 21, 2012.
Carl Juste / Miami Herald Staff

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Dwyane Wade’s appearance on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno early Friday morning offered more insight into his personal life than his professional one.

“I’m going to tell you something personal,” Wade said when Leno asked him about his relationship with actress Gabrielle Union.

“Celebrity relationships is very hard. This was a big year for us in our relationship from the standpoint of she was shooting her show Being Mary Jane. … I was dealing with my injuries, trying to win a championship. We kind of took a step back. We supported each other, but we took a step back for a little while. At the end of the day, we came back together and said, ‘Listen, we want to continue this. We want to try to continue to get better each day.’ She’s been with me and I’ve been with her all summer long. We’re going strong now.”

Wade said he had nothing to say about free agency next summer but said last month that he wants to stay with the Heat beyond this season. He also said he could not share any details about LeBron James’ wedding, which he called “beautiful,” except the fact cellphones were not allowed.

Leno asked about the possibility of a three-peat.

“We hope,” he said. “We’re trying to get like the Lakers and Bulls. It’s going to be tough.”

On the Game 6 rally against the Spurs in the Finals, Wade cracked: “We were only down five with 20 seconds left. That’s what we do. We practice that all day.”

This and that

• Former Florida State guard Von Wafer, who has averaged 5.3 points in 200 NBA games, was among several players auditioning for the Heat this week.

• Undrafted Marquette guard Vander Blue, who had been working out with the Heat this month, reportedly agreed to a partially guaranteed contract with the 76ers.

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