Dwyane Wade – basketball superstar, champion, hometown hero, father and fashion-designer.
With the main spotlight recently being cast on every other free agent in the NBA, Dwyane Wade has been flying under the radar. Although lately he has had little media attention, we continue to keep tabs on Miami’s main man.
Rumors this post-season that D-Wade might consider leaving the Miami Heat for the Chicago Bulls had us nervous, but those of us that know the real D-Wade know Miami is where his heart is.
On July 15, 2014 Wade re-signed with the Heat. A universal sigh could be heard throughout Miami.
The Miami Heat had many players come and go throughout the years, but they have had no other player like Dwyane Wade. Not only has he distinguished himself with his skill and dedication to the game, he has an unmatched loyalty to Miami and its people.
Everything he has done until now has very rightfully earned him the title of Mr. Miami.
He has never played for another team.
Wade was drafted fifth overall by the Miami Heat in the 2003 NBA draft (alongside fellow all-stars LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony). June 26, 2003 marked the beginning of a beautiful relationship between D-Wade and Miami.
After re-signing with the Heat this year, he said in a statement:
I am proud to have spent every day of my career as a member of the Miami Heat and to have brought three championship titles to this city… I’ve been here through the good times and the hard times. I have confidence in the Miami Heat organization and the team they are building.
Wade has never given up on the Miami Heat, no matter the circumstance. His positive attitude and willingness to go above and beyond for his team are only part of the reason the Heat just can’t seem to let him go.
He led the Miami Heat to their first championship in franchise history.
The 2005-2006 season was a memorable one for Miami. Wade was playing exceptionally well, finishing the regular season with an average of 27.2 points, 6.7 assists, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game. He also led the Miami Heat to their very first championship ever, alongside the one and only Shaquille O’Neal, who was acquired in trade from the LA Lakers.
He helped bring the Big Three together.
D-Wade is mainly responsible for the powerhouse that was the Big Three. The Miami Heat had always been regarded as Wade’s team, but he put that all aside in 2010 to bring James and Bosh to South Florida. He also took less money to be able to free up some cap space for the two superstars.
Wade also opted out of his contract with the Heat this past June, hoping to be able to keep LeBron in Miami. Although LeBron ultimately chose to leave the Heat, Wade’s selflessness never goes unnoticed.
He enjoys raising his family in Miami.
Wade has two sons, Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade, 12, and Zion Malachi Airamis Wade, 7. He also raises his nephew, Dahveon, 12. Being a father is at the top of his list, and he enjoys living with the boys in Miami. His fiance, Gabrielle Union, lives with him here when she is not filming. His children have grown up in Miami, and I don’t think he sees raising his family anywhere else but here.
He gives back to the community.
Wade has always been heavily involved in helping the community and has been recognized for his philanthropic work. He has his own foundation, Wade’s World Foundation, and has won various awards for his efforts to better the community. He not only serves the South Florida community; his foundation has programs in Chicago, his hometown, and Milwaukee, where he went to college at Marquette.
Along with his own projects, D-Wade has teamed up with Alonzo Mourning on his projects as well. Wade and Mourning seem to be the Miami Heat dynamic duo of work in the community.
He is currently reinventing himself.
When James was brought to Miami, many of us were worried the two would butt heads. This ended up not being the case at all; actually the opposite.
In 2012, Wade publicly handed off full control of the Heat to LeBron.
You’ve got to be able to talk to your ego and see if your ego is OK with that. We all have egos.
Now that LeBron is gone, he is back to being Miami’s #1 man, having most of the responsibility resting on his shoulders once again.
Wade only played during 54 regular season games last season mainly due to injuries. This caused him to face plenty of criticism, with many believing his basketball career was more than over at only 32. He has said:
Whenever it looks like it’s getting tough or, you know, people count me out our doubt me, I always find a way to come through. So that’s just my upbringing of where I come from; never quit.
He has the attitude of a true champion.
He would like to retire with the Miami Heat.
Wade has been open with the fact he would like to retire with the Heat. After his 2013 Championship, he was quoted as saying:
I don’t play this game for self, I play this game for team success, so I would love to win more championships. I mean I love Chicago, that’s where I’m from. I will always love Chicago, but my heart is in Miami, where they’ve accepted me with open arms and I’ve won three championships there; so hopefully I end my career there.
At the end of the day, we just don’t see Dwyane Wade wearing any other jersey.
Miami fans are now anxiously waiting to see what happens with Wade and the Miami Heat. Players have been added and removed from the roster, and the franchise is still in the process of making changes. Pat Riley is at the head of the organization, making sure he forms a team that is worthy of yet another championship.
Many have questioned whether the Miami Heat could possibly go on to win their fourth championship, and yes, it can most certainly be done.
D-Wade is not at the physical capacity that he was when he lead the Miami Heat to their first ever championship in 2006, but mentally nothing has changed; if anything, his hunger to win has intensified as the years have progressed. If he pushes himself enough and guides his newly formed team in the right direction, the possibilities are endless.
Wade and the Miami Heat have an unbreakable bond that can only become stronger.