Dwyane Wade: The soul of the Heat, 2003 platinum generation representative, high school superstar removed meniscus
The NBA’s Flash, too, had a miserable childhood. Dwyane Wade didn’t have a stable home until he was eight years old.
He is the first person in the history of the Heat, is the king of Miami, once in high school to remove the meniscus but won three championships with strength, people call him the NBA Flash, he is Dwyane Wade. As the 2003 golden generation, in Anthony and the Little Emperor of the all-powerful, Wade’s emergence does not seem to set off any wind and rain.
But even if James is better than Wade, the Miami Heat can’t do without the spiritual totem they need to take over the Mavericks on their own.
The world has always questioned him for his nine points in the dunk contest, but going back more than a decade, it’s safe to say that without Jordan Bryant, Wade would have been the greatest shooting guard in the league.
On January 17, 1982, Dwyane Wade was born in Chicago, Illinois, the third largest city in the United States, just as Michael Jordan was born, putting the spotlight on the Windy City. It is also America’s biggest crime city, full of alcohol, drugs, violence and sex.
Wade had a troubled childhood, unlike many other players. His parents split up when he was just a few months old, and his mother became addicted to drugs because she couldn’t handle the frustration of her relationship.
Wade was born to his mother at the age of 18 and has an older sister, Rajil. His sister and Wade were given to their mother, and in Wade’s eyes, Chicago was a chaotic city.
Wade said he grew up watching American police conduct mass, organized cleanups and see bodies in public toilets and trash cans. Fortunately, Rajil was Wade’s closest childhood friend. Whenever his sister went out to do anything, Wade would go with her. He knew that this place was chaotic, so he had to protect his sister every time he went out.
For all its sweetness, there were also things he never wanted to talk about. His mother would make them hide under the bed when she was dealing drugs, Wade would often hear gunshots, and they would always pray it wasn’t her.
At first, Wade had no idea what his mother was up to, but it wasn’t until several police officers arrived that all the family’s plans were disrupted. That day, Wade and his sister hid in their room as usual while his mother went out to get the groceries.
Wade did not see his mother until the evening, when two police officers broke down the door, pointed guns at the siblings and threatened, “Take us to your mother.” Wade had never seen such a fight before, so he led the police to look for his mother. Then Wade saw the police holding a gun to her head. She took a bag of “white flour” out of her pocket.
At this time Wade just understand the mother of all kinds of abnormal behavior, he begged the police let go of the mother, but before the law can be unselfish, Wade and sister watched the police took away the mother.
The elder sister took Wade to his father, who already had a family. The father accepted them with great kindness, and Wade and his sister lived with their father and stepmother. Wade didn’t officially have a stable home until he was eight years old, so to speak.
02 Basketball saved Wade’s unhappy life
Although Wade was free of drugs and crime when he went to live with his father, his parents’ divorce, childhood woes and life hardships made Wade suffer at a young age. In order to help Wade out of childhood adversity, the father taught his son the lessons of his life, the first is music, for black people, music is the best medicine for their problems.
The other was basketball. His father would often take Wade to the court and play with men much older than him. At first Wade felt it was unfair that he would be crushed, elbowed and even bled.
His father told Wade, “You want to play good basketball, you have to do this, you have to learn patience.” His father taught Wade to be patient. At first Wade did not understand his father’s good intentions.
Wade, on the other hand, enjoyed the atmosphere of the wild courts for fear of getting into bad habits. But in one game, Wade suffered a lot. Players kept talking trash to Wade, and Wade couldn’t beat him.
In one loss after another, Wade breaks down and he doesn’t want to fight anymore, but the jeers on the sideline make Wade fight again. Wade gets knocked down and gets up again.
Finally, the opponent is afraid of Wade’s courage, gradually exposed flaws, Wade to find opportunities, and beat opponents, at this time Wade understand his father’s good intentions.
His father was teaching him how to be tough. Though Chicago was in turmoil at the time, they all had one superhero in mind, Michael Jordan, and Wade was no exception. Since the Bulls won their first championship in 1991, Wade has idolized Jordan and inspired himself to work hard.
When Wade was 12, his father surprised him by turning the yard garage into a court. Since then, Wade has been practicing in the garage every day.
In high school, his game became extremely mature, but there is a very fatal problem, in the American high school, you can not play basketball if the academic failure, Wade is living proof.
Wade was a member of the high school basketball team at Oak Lawn Harold L. Richards High School. He was good enough but didn’t do well academically. He didn’t get much playing time and spent more time sleeping in the classroom. That didn’t change until Wade met Gary Adams, a teaching assistant at Richards, in the third grade.
Adams’s first order of business for Wade: “Study hard, and you’ll have a damn chance to play basketball.” So Wade began to study for the first time and finally got A’s on the test.
In the years that followed, Adams improved Wade’s ability to handle the ball and shoot from the outside of the arc, shooting hundreds of jumpers a day, and Wade’s body grew by nearly four inches.
He averaged 20.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game during his senior year. Wade became a “steal” at the Central West School. Wade posted a double-double in almost every game, averaging 27 points and 11 rebounds per game. He got interest from Marquette University, the University of Illinois.
Who do you think will be a superstar? The Miami Heat selected Dwyane Wade fifth overall
“God, how do we get him?” How do we get Wade? Marquette coach Tom told us all we needed was a home floor to recruit the Flash. Even though Wade was able to fly around the high school arena and run defensive organizations, there were plenty of people who doubted Wade.
Because Wade had his first child at age 16, many college scouts feared that Wade would drop out because of family factors, but Marquette’s college coaches were different. He saw Wade play one game and decided this was a player who could definitely play in the NBA. On his first visit to Wade’s house, Tom brought two things, the floor of the Bradley Center court, and the more straightforward Marquette gown that had been arranged for Wade, and the conversation that day was rapport.
Tom taught Wade a lot of life lessons, but Wade was worried about the school too far away, because of his childhood experience, Wade did not want to play in a school too far away, he was afraid to go back to those days.
As it turned out, Wade was in trouble his first year at Marquette, frustrated by the lack of playing time he received as a freshman due to a violation of the NCAA’s Proposition 48 law. In his sophomore year, Wade finally got a chance to shine, but after just five games, he had problems again.
At one practice, head coach Tom Wade saw that Wade was in a very low mood and walked up to him. “Is something going on?” he asked.
“My baby was born, and I couldn’t take care of him, and I couldn’t focus on playing well.”
Tom understood Wade’s distress, and he took the tearful child into his arms. When Wade was emotionally stable, he told Wade that he could go back to see the child in his free time, and got the understanding of the coach. The family also gradually enlightened Wade.
In the end, an undazed Wade dominated college, averaging 17.8 points and 2.47 steals per game while amassing 6.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists to help Marquette to a 26-7 record, its best since 1993-94.
By his junior season, Wade was averaging 21.5 points per game, beating the Kentucky Wildcats and leading them to the Final Four, but stopping there was a glimpse of Wade’s possibilities.
Although there was a little incident, speed will naturally hurt the knee, Wade in order not to affect the game, decisive to remove the meniscus, back to the court gallop.
After his junior season, Wade decided it was time to enter the 2003 NBA draft. It is worth mentioning that Wade in the college game, successfully attracted Heat general manager Pat Riley, a few simple dribble was stunned Pat Riley.
But back in Miami, the Heat management at this moment in the fire, a number of scouts were in trouble, originally Pat Riley was going to pick Wade, but center Kaman was the team’s most needed, after hours of back and forth, they finally invited the two to the same day to try out.
After the workout was over, and Kaman’s workout was supposedly better than Wade’s, Pat Riley called the trainers and asked, “Who do you think is going to be a superstar?”
Trainers didn’t shy away from naming Dwyane Wade, and just like that, the Miami Heat drafted him fifth overall.
A lot of people will say Wade’s prime is short, but he’s already got a meniscus in the league.
On the day of the draft, June 24, 2003, Wade’s agent, Henry Thomas, received a call from Heat management and learned of their decision. Then he sidled up to Wade and whispered in his ear, “I’ve got news for you, but keep your face on. The Heat will pick you at No. 5.”
It all seemed to work, but that year’s draft was the ignominy of Wade’s life, with all the media surrounding lebron James and Carmelo Anthony. The No. 5 pick for Dwyane Wade may seem like nothing to others.
“What’s your name, please?” the reporter asked Wade. Could you introduce yourself again? “Dwyane Wade is very frustrated. He knows that there is no point in saying anything now.
Perhaps the media never expected Wade to lead the Heat to the Eastern Conference finals as a second-year rookie. And just like that, Wade began his rookie season. The front office had high hopes for Wade, who, despite some mid-season injuries, led the team to the playoffs, despite a late loss to the Pacers.
The biggest story before the 2004-05 season began was the breakup of the Lakers dynasty, when center Shaquille O ‘Neal left for the Miami Heat and Wade immediately found a strong teammate in his second year.
O ‘Neal said he’s committed to helping Wade, who averaged 24.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.5 steals this season, become the best player in the NBA.
The team went straight to the Eastern Conference finals with the help of the two and everything seemed to be going well until Wade got hurt in Game 5 and the Heat lost Game 7.
In 2005-06, the first peak of Wade’s career, Wade averaged 27.2 points, 6.7 assists, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.95 steals per game as the Heat made the playoffs, beating the Chicago Bulls 4-2 in the first round, beating the Nets 4-1 in the second round, and meeting the Pistons in the Eastern Conference finals. And beat the pistons 4-2.
In Wade’s first NBA Finals appearance, the Mavericks took advantage of home-court advantage to win two straight games, but Riley adjusted the Heat’s form in time to win three straight games after returning to Miami, and Wade led the Heat to a narrow victory over the Mavericks and the championship.
He was swept by the Bulls in 2007 due to injuries, Shaquille O ‘Neal left the team in 2008, lost to the Hawks in 2009, and was swept by the Green again in 2010.
After a brief period of failure, the Heat management decided to make some changes, bringing in James and Bosh to form the Heat’s “Big Three”. Wade first lost his mind when he faced Rose in the Eastern Conference semifinals and gave up the ball for victory, eventually beating the Bulls, only to lose to his former rival Dallas in the Finals.
But the next season was Wade’s second, when he swept the Thunder to a comfortable championship in 2011-12. In 2012-13, he signed three-point champion Ray Allen to defend his title again.
But that culminated in a stunning loss to the Spurs, and Wade played the role of team leader in the days that followed, leaving Miami for the defeated Bulls, fulfilling an agreement between friends to return to the Cavaliers, and finally returning to the Heat to claim his title as the King of Miami.
A lot of people will say Wade’s prime is short, but he already has a meniscus in the league.