Everyone keeps looking for a Dwyane Wade that's not there anymore. Even he says so.

"From 2006?" he asks.

Yes, that Wade of the NBA Finals.

"I was 24,'' he says, laughing to underline how that player's gone and buried. "Totally different. Six years, man. I'n not that athletic, I'll tell you that, as I was in '06."

He keeps giving away bits of himself that tell what he expects and, by extension, what you should, too. He gave up the ball to LeBron James this year. Now he's given up his mortality in the manner few elite players ever admit and Oklahoma City already recognized.