Though casual basketball fans might shout "LeBron" when one mentions the Miami Heat, the truth is, the franchise has been sculpted by Dwyane Wade, Miami's $20 million man who brought the franchise its...
Chicago, Illinois, USA
|Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night||2012 2006 - 2012||Actor||n/a||20127|
|Jimmy Kimmel Live||2013 2001 - 2013||Actor||Guest||20137|
|Costas NOW||2007 2003 - 2007||Actor||Interviewee||20077|
|Nightline Prime||2012 2009 - 2012||Actor||Interviewee||20127|
|The Cleveland Show||2012 2008 - 2012||Voice||Himself||20126|
|2009 Guys Choice||2008 2007 - 2008||Actor||n/a||20087|
|What To Expect When You're Expecting||2012||Actor||Himself||20127|
|The 2005 MTV Video Music Awards||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||n/a||20047|
|The 2006 Teen Choice Awards||2005 2004 - 2005||Actor||n/a||20057|
|First All-Star appearance|
|Led the Miami Heat to their first franchise championship|
|Helped lead the Miami Heat to back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013|
|Drafted by the Miami Heat|
|Won a Gold Medal at the 2008 Bejing Olympics with the Men's Basketball Team|
Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. was born on January 17th, 1982 on the South Side of Chicago, IL. After his parents split at an early age, he left to live with his father, Dwyane Sr., in Robbins, IL, attending Harold L. Richards High School in nearby Oak Lawn and opting to play basketball with his stepbrother Demetris McDaniel, who was the star for the Bulldogs. Living in various Chicago suburbs in the late 1980's and 1990's meant one thing for young basketball fans, and Wade was no exception: the Chicago Bulls were your team, and Michael Jordan was your idol. But Wade's love went even farther, as he began to model his game after the famous Bulls shooting guard. Although his first years for the Bulldogs found him spending more time on the bench than the court, he returned to school as a junior four inches taller, and before he knew it, he was leading his team to the title game of the Illinois Class AA Eisenhower Sectional, averaging 27 points per game as the team's go-to scoring option. It was enough to light the eyes of scouts from nearby Marquette University, where Wade eventually signed on to play college hoops.
But as eager as Marquette was to sign the future NBA Finals MVP, they were forced to declare Wade ineligible for their men's basketball team via Proposition 48, which required all college athletes to meet standardized education requirements to be eligible for college sports. Seeing his dream fall through his fingers, Wade took action to improve his grades, and was soon leading his Golden Eagles' men's basketball team to the school's first USA Conference championship, and first Final Four appearance in over 20 years. After leading the Marquette team in scoring with 21.5 points per game, Wade was named to the AP's All-America First Team, marking his name on many an NBA scout's short list for the 2003 NBA draft.
Realizing his draft stock was at the highest following his 2003 Final Four appearance, Wade chose to declare his eligibility for the NBA draft that spring, and was selected 5th overall by the Miami Heat, reeling from a 25-57 season which landed them seventh in the Atlantic Division. Heat fans were eager to see the new face of the franchise, and despite a slow start to the season, the team rallied to finish the season just over .500 to land back in the playoffs for the first time in two years. His 42 points in Game 2 were a career high, and there were rumors he was playing with an injured knee and a severe flu. One thing was for certain: the Heat had one of the most valuable young stars in the NBA in their pocket for years to come.
By the 2005-06 NBA Season, Dwyane Wade was finally able to lead the Heat to their first ever NBA Finals appearance against Dirk Nowitzki's Dallas Mavericks. Wade again put up massive offensive performances, matching his career playoff high of 42 in a Game 3 that also landed him a career-high 13 rebounds. But it was Game 6 when the Heat finally secured their spot in basketball history, defeating the Dallas Mavericks in a 95-92 nail-biter behind Wade's 36 points. Wade was awarded the 2006 Finals MVP and averaged 34.7 points per game, and according to some NBA analysts, put up the statistically greatest Finals performance since 1976.
The reigning champs were not without their struggles the next season, however, and if Wade's career was any indication, the fate of his team would often mirror his own fortunes and successes. In a 2007 game against the Houston Rockets, Wade dislocated his left shoulder in a collision with future teammate Shane Battier, landing him in the hospital with the decision to face season-ending surgery or enter a long rehabilitation process. But with the playoffs again knocking at the door, Wade chose rehabilitation, and threw on a protective shooting sleeve to help make a late-season playoff push that would find him averaging 27.4 points and leading the Heat yet again to the NBA postseason. Despite yet another celebrated playoff performance, Wade and the Heat were swept from the first round by the team of his childhood, the Chicago Bulls. It would be five years before the Heat saw the Finals again.
After the 2007 NBA season, Wade entered surgery to fix his dislocated shoulder, where it was revealed he had also been suffering through a knee issue, requiring two surgeries that kept him from playing in the 2007 qualifying tournament for the USA Olympic men's basketball team. By the middle of the 2008 NBA season, which found the Heat inexplicably with the worst record in the entire NBA, Wade received more bad news when he discovered that his knee had not healed properly. Pat Riley, who had taken over as head coach of the Heat the previous year, decided to throw in the towel and announce that Wade would undergo season-ending surgery to repair his left knee, dashing the hopes of Heat fans everywhere for a successful follow up to their record-setting season a year earlier.
With Pat Riley as team President, and behind new firebrand coach Erik Spoelstra, the Heat acquired NBA All-Star Chris Bosh on July 7th, 2010 in a sign-and-trade deal with the Toronto Raptors. The very same day, Wade announced his intent to re-sign with the Heat, despite a possibility of landing a larger contract in league-wide free agency. The very next day, former Rookie-of-the-year Lebron James announced he would sign with the Heat, also accepting a less-than-maximum contract in an attempt to create a superteam between the Big 3 that would ensure their places in the NBA laurels for years to come. Despite losing the 2011 NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks, their old opponents from 2006, the Heat solidified themselves as the powerhouse premium team in the league after the formation of the Big 3, and Wade made a name for himself as a scoring option right next to Lebron James, whom many argue is the team's go-to scorer. He demonstrated this ability in late-game runs against the Knicks and Pacers in the 2012 NBA Playoffs, which gave Wade his second ring and brought the NBA Finals trophy back to Miami.
Despite missing the 2012 Olympics due to repeat knee-surgery, Wade's presence did little to worry Heat fans, as he continued to post staggering numbers throughout the 2013 NBA season, helping lead his Miami Heat back to the Finals with their seven-game victory over the San Antonio Spurs in June of 2013. But while they reigned atop the entire league, Miami and the Big 3 of Wade, Lebron and Bosh could not remain together forever, as their free agency threatened to tear the trio apart. But for Wade, who had never played a game for another NBA team, a new era was just beginning.
|Gabrielle Union||Companion||Reportedly began dating in 2008; went public as a couple in 2010|
|Nearly missed playing for Marquette University due to poor grades|
|Wade's jersey was the top-selling jersey in the NBA until LeBron James joined the heat|
|Acquired his first custom shoe design in 2010, a special Nike Jordan model|
|Well known for philanthropic involvement through his Wade's World Foundation|
|A devout Christian, Wade tithes 10 percent of his income to his home church back in Chicago|
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