Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 10/2/12
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MIAMI Michael Jordan might be Dwyane Wades idol. But hes no longer his business partner. The Miami Heat star confirmed Tuesday he will leave Nikes Jordan Brand, the shoe hes worn his entire nine-year NBA career. Hes expected to sign with the Chinese brand Li-Ning. I just really cant comment on my new deal, Wade said. I did mutually part ways with the Jordan umbrella, with Jordan and Converse. I had a great nine years, but we have mutually parted ways, and Im moving on. Wade said hes not disappointed at leaving the Jordan Brand. But he did acknowledge having had a chance to work with Jordan, the Bulls star Wade grew up in Chicago idolizing. Its just the time, Wade said. We just went our separate ways. But I still feel honored to have represented my favorite player of all time and his brand and the opportunity I was given. Its possible Wade officially could announce his new relationship with Li-Ning at a press conference next week in China, where the Heat will play preseason games against the Los Angeles Clippers in Beijing and Shanghai. As to whether Wade plays in either game, that remains to be seen. Wade on Tuesday, though, did assure he will play in more than one of Miamis eight preseason games. With Wade coming off surgery on his left knee, there had been speculation he might not be ready until the Oct. 30 regular-season opener against Boston. I will try a preseason game, Wade said. It wont be eight, but it will be more than one. If I keep progressing, I will try. Whenever Wade next steps on the court, there likely will be two Miami players donning Chinese shoes. Forward Shane Battier is entering his seventh season wearing the Chinese brand Peak. Welcome Dwyane to the Chinese shoe family, Battier said. Its good to have my fellow brother over there. Battier began his association with China due to previously being Yao Mings teammate in Houston. Following LeBron James and Wade, Battier believes he will be the third-most popular Miami player in China. James, obviously, is the first. Just listen to what James, who has a deal with Nike, said when asked about his business interests in China. My shoes sell everywhere, he said. Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter @christomasson
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