EA Sports today announced that Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat will serve as the cover athlete for NBA Live 06 , which will be released later this year.

According to Wade, “This is quite an honor to be named cover athlete of NBA Live in just my second year as a professional.” Indeed, but Wade certainly had a solid second year in the NBA, becoming only the 10th player since 1979 to finish in the top 10 in both scoring and assists per game during the regular season.

As for NBA Live 06 , the game is again being developed by EA Canada and promises an up-tempo game with real-life collisions in the paint and enhanced player graphics this time around.

Other details are sketchy on NBA Live 06 at the moment, but we’re willing to bet that EA will be showing off early runs of the game at E3. Stay with us for full E3 coverage soon.