Dwyane Wade is 30 in human years and about twice that in basketball years.

The miles he has logged on the court, and the ungentle way in which he has logged them, have taken their toll.

So part of Wade's goal in chasing a second consecutive NBA title, and perhaps that Miami Heat dynasty LeBron James envisioned, is to do it while aging gracefully.

Wade has demonstrated his ability to adapt. He ceded his No. 1 role to James in 2012 and despite a bum knee still scored an average of 22.8 points in the playoffs en route to winning the second championship of his career.

In fact, Wade overcame doubts about his ability and rampant suggestions that he traded early effectiveness in the playoffs to become electrically essential in the Finals against Oklahoma City.

The big questions confronting Wade as he enters his 10th pro season are how he will adjust to the Heat's maintenance plan for him, the presence of new teammate Ray Allen and refinements to his own game.