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Wade part of record audience for Dream Team film
NBA Finals Basketball Heal
Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade participates in a news conference after Game 1 of the NBA finals basketball series against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City. The Thunder won, 105-94. - photo by Associated Press

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Count Dwyane Wade among the biggest audience NBA TV has ever had.
    Wade set his alarm to wake up from his nap and watch "The Dream Team," the documentary about the 20th anniversary of the famed 1992 U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning basketball team.
    Featuring previously unseen footage and recent interviews with all 12 players from the team, it debuted Wednesday night and averaged 847,000 total viewers, becoming the most-watched telecast in the network's history.
    "I wanted to see some of the behind the scenes of those guys together," Wade said, "so I enjoyed it as a fan."
    Wade particularly enjoyed the footage of John Stockton walking unrecognized through the streets of Barcelona and the relationships and rivalries between certain people, with one standing out most to the Chicago native who was 10 years old at the time.
    "I think the biggest thing that surprised me was probably Michael Jordan and Chuck Daly," he said. "I knew the rivals behind Chicago and Detroit, for those guys to go out and golf and have the relationship that they had, I found that very shocking."
    Wade played on the last two Olympic teams, including the squad that won gold four years ago in basketball-crazed China, so he appreciated some of what his predecessors lived through.
    "Obviously that experience was the first so it will never be duplicated. But from the standpoint just how big the game is to the world," Wade said. "We did experience some of that and the fanfare that came with being some of the best basketball players in the world.
    "Maybe in 20 years we can get us one. You all can see a little behind the scenes of what the Redeem Team went through."

    Mom's tough love
    Coach Scott Brooks got his 79-year-old mother's seal of approval after his Oklahoma City Thunder won the first game of the finals — and that's not always easy to come by.
    Brooks has spoken over the years about how his mother, Lee, always watches Oklahoma City's games on NBA League Pass from her home in Northern California and frequently calls him afterward with suggestions.
    Because she doesn't like to fly, she had refused to come see any of Brooks' games unless he reached the finals — the same rules she had set out during his playing career. The first game she attended in Oklahoma City was Game 1, which the Thunder won, 105-94.
    "No complaints. She had a great time," Brooks said. "This was her first time here. She loved it. She loved everything about it. The atmosphere is obviously exciting and when we win the game, she's very happy. The players did a good job, according to her."
    That's usually the refrain from Brooks' mom, who raised him and six older siblings mostly by herself while working multiple jobs to make ends meet.
    "She never takes it easy but when we win, it's the players. When we lose, it's me," Brooks said. "I tell you: She must have been a former NBA player in an earlier life."