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Wade trades jabs about his friendship with Star Jones

5/2/2008 - NBA Dwyane Wade

ATLANTA -- Dwyane Wade has finally spoken up about his
alleged romance with Star Jones: "Star is an unbelievable woman.
We have a great, great relationship. As friends."

"We're friends, just like a lot of celebrities. We are
friends," the pro basketball star said Thursday during a guest
appearance on "Inside the NBA," the jocular TNT show featuring
Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson.

"Are y'all close friends?" Smith asked.

"We're good friends," Wade responded.

"Are you the kind of friends that drink out of one cup with two
straws?" Smith persisted, referring to a much-discussed photo of
Wade, 26, and Jones, the 46-year-old TV personality who recently
filed for divorce, at a tennis match. "Those kind of friends?"

"We are friends. That's all," said Wade, who is married to his
high school sweetheart and has two sons.

"Good friends?" Barkley interjected.

"Naw, Chuck," Wade said with a smile.

Some hilarity ensued. Barkley broke through the commotion to
say, "I like Star. She's a cougar."

"What's a cougar?" Smith asked, not so innocently, a perfect
lob to Barkley.

Sir Charles promptly slammed the ball home: "Preying on a young
Dwyane Wade."

Representatives for Jones did not immediately return a call for
comment Thursday night.