Dwayne Wade NBA star is naked on sneak peek ESPN body issue 2016 cover

The 2016 Body issue of ESPN magazine is set for a July release. However, a sneak peek of the cover photo with NBA superstar, Dwayne Wade has been unveiled. The athlete shows off his gorgeous body.

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The 2016 Body issue of  ESPN magazine is set for a July release. However, a sneak peek of the cover photo with NBA superstar, Dwayne Wade has been unveiled. The athlete shows off his gorgeous body.

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NBA Star is naked for ESPN

 

UFC fighter Conor McGregor, Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta are among the ten men and nine women who will appear in the magazine, which announced the athlete list for the eighth annual Body Issue on Tuesday.

Three-time NBA star, Wade had turned down the magazine for seven years before posing  in 2016. In talking to ESPN's Morty Ain, he admitted that stripping down for the Body Issue wasn't easy, as he tried to  overcome his body insecurities.

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NBA star is naked for ESPN

 

According to Wade, “I never envisioned that I would be playing this long. ... But nah, I’m not there yet. I’ve got some good years left.” The photo of the star was taken by Carlos Serraro for ESPN.

The oldest entrance is retired diver, Greg Louganis, at age 56. According to the diver, "When I look around at my contemporaries, I'd say I'm probably in better shape than most of them. It's all about making healthy choices.

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NBA Star is naked for ESPN

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I think HIV has helped motivate me mentally and physically. I look at working out and doing something physically active every day as being as important as taking my meds. HIV taught me that I'm a lot stronger than I ever believed I was. I didn't think I would see 30, and here I am at 56."

Some of the athletes to be featured are Texans nose tackle Vince Wilfork; arguably the best women's basketball player in the world in Elena Delle Donne, Super Bowl MVP Von Miller of the Broncos and National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta of the Cubs.

Other entrants include:

  • Nathan Adrian: three-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming

  • Antonio Brown: four-time Pro Bowl receiver for the Steelers

  • Emma Coburn: part of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team in steeplechase

  • Courtney Conlogue: finished second on the ASP World Tour in 2015

  • Ryan Dungey: 450cc class Monster Energy Supercross champion

  • Adeline Gray: three-time world championship gold medalist in wrestling

  • Chris Mosier: duathlete and the first transgender athlete to appear in the Body Issue

  • Nzingha Prescod: won the bronze medal at the 2015 World Fencing Championships

  • Christen Press: won the 2015 World Cup with Team USA

  • April Ross: won an Olympic silver medal in beach volleyball in 2012

  • Allysa Seely: 2015 world champion paratriathlete

  • Claressa Shields: became the first U.S. woman to win boxing Olympics gold in 2012

The Body Issue will be unveiled online July 6 and on newsstands July 8. The Body Issue was first released in 2009 and has become a staple.

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