Dwayne Wade's mother Jolinda received custody of the younger two children, Dwyane and his 5 year older sister Tragil. Jolinda struggled and forced to be on welfare causing Wade and Tragil to bounce from place to place with their mother and her two daughters from a previous relationship (Deana & Keisha).
Dwyane Quote: "There were no birthday presents or Christmas gifts," Wade says. "You just didn't ever ask for what you wanted. It was my mission as a young kid to overcome being poor. I had so many dreams, so many aspirations."
Coming out of Harold L. Richards High School (IL) in 2000, Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. was an unknown to the outside world. Unknown by coaches, scouts, analysts, fans and everyone in between. The lanky 6-4 guard was under-recruited and overlooked. To virtually everybody, Dwyane Wade was a nobody.
Fast forward 12 years, and you get this:
—All-Star Game MVP
—Consensus Top-5 player in the world
In two years at Marquette he became one of the most decorated players in school history where he averaged 19.7 points per game, had 150 steals and 79 blocked shots. That was upstaged only by Dwyane’s history making NCAA Tournament triple-double (against No. 1 ranked Kentucky) to take the Golden Eagles to the Final Four for the first time since 1977.
Wade in the Community
As part of the 2011 All-Star Weekend activities, Dwyane and the Wade’s World Foundation hosted two major charity events in Los Angeles. In partnership with the local LA non-profit MLA Partner Schools, Dwyane refurbished and unveiled a brand new basketball court for the female athletes at the Los Angeles Manual Arts High School. The overhaul included the installation of new flooring, backboards, scoreboards and lighting. He also hosted an “Apollo Jets” All-Star Luncheon to raise money for the MLA Partner Schools that was emceed by Sherri Shepherd and featured performances by John Legend.
Dwyane was selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Dwyane went on to lead the Heat to their first NBA Championship in franchise history in 2006 and was named the NBA Finals MVP. For nearly two years, Dwyane had the top selling NBA jersey.
Heat guard Dwyane Wade says money is not his motivation for the London Games this summer.
In a statement Thursday, Wade said, "I do not want to be paid to go to the Olympics."
Wade was quoted Wednesday saying he thinks "guys should be compensated" for playing over the summer and noted the schedule demands of being an Olympian.
"It's a lot of things you do for the Olympics -- a lot of jerseys you sell," Wade said after the Heat's practice on Wednesday in advance of Thursday's game against Chicago. "We play the whole summer. I do think guys should be compensated. Just like I think college players should be compensated as well. Unfortunately, it's not there. But I think it should be something, you know, there for it."
Embarrassed by the disappointing bronze medal in 2004, Team USA sought a new selection process for the men's Olympic team prior to the Beijing Games. The new approach, which featured team members playing together internationally for more than just the summer of the Olympics, paid off in gold. The "Redeem Team" featured the best in the world -- Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, to name a few -- and didn't receive much of a challenge from the rest of the world until the gold-medal game against Spain. The Americans led by only four points with less than three minutes to play, but clutch 3-pointers by Bryant and Wade closed out the game, 118-107.
Wade and Bosh both said they would take fewer dollars to make this happen. And that, combined with what Riley and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said to James on the recruiting tour, was enough to pull off the stunner.
"I am thrilled to welcome LeBron James to the Heat family," Wade said in a statement. "I look forward to playing alongside LeBron, Chris Bosh and our teammates, and together representing the great city of Miami. There's magic in the number 3. This is the beginning of [a] new chapter in Heat history and very exciting for both fans of the Miami Heat and the NBA."
Dwyane Wade (aka D Wade, Flash, The Flash) is a 30 year old American Athlete, Basketball Player with a net worth of $92,500,000. Dwyane has 2 kids, who has been married 1 time. Dwyane Wade has become popular online, with over 8,200,000 Facebook and Twitter fans. Wade has shown that he has control of his cash; he spends less than he makes. Therefore we estimate that Mr. Wade earns tens of millions of dollars per year after his management, cars, houses and legal costs.
Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade doesn't just wear the number "3" on his jersey -- he's also concocted a specific gameday ritual based around his lucky number.
Part 1 starts before the game ... when D-Wade knocks out 3 pull-ups hanging from the rim.
Part 2 takes a little bit longer to execute -- Wade must chew 3 pieces of gum during the game ... one during warm-ups, one at the beginning of the game, and one during halftime.
Part 3 -- dude always drinks exactly 3 bottles of Gatorade during every game .. no more, no less.
Dwyane Wade: "The Clinic"
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For a unique player, Dwyane Wade sure brings to mind a lot of clichés. He can run the break, stop and pop, take it to the hoop, find the open man and make the big defensive stop. He’s unselfish, unflappable, unassuming, and often unstoppable. In a league where players are glamorized for “doing it all”—and even more act like they know it all—Dwyane has distinguished himself as a player apart, the kind of difference-maker who carries his team to a championship. Whatever the job, Dwyane gets it done.
When Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade won his first championship at the age of 24, he was on top of the world. Since then, his life has been filled with incredible highs and lows; but everything fell into place Thursday night as he claimed his second world championship.
“You know, I’ve been through a lot,” Wade said after Game 5. “That 15-win season professionally hurt. Laughingstock of the league coming off a championship. But what I dealt with personally was indescribable in a sense.”
In the interim between championships, Wade became a father for a second time, won an Olympic gold medal, got divorced and then convinced LeBron James and Chris Bosh to join him as members of the Heat.