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If you don't have a great relationship with your best player, you're never Barkley : "Dwyane Wade was the one that was man on that team.". In a CSN exclusive, Dwyane Wade shares the story of the Heat's He saw Shaquille O'Neal moved when that relationship went south. Psycho-Analyzing the Shaq/Wade Relationship bit of dislike for each other, there's something between Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade.
I've seen my mother shoot up before. I've seen a lot of things my mother didn't even know I'd seen as a kid. Wade would still occasionally visit his mom. A year later, his father moved the family to RobbinsIllinois.
JoLinda was hospitalized and nearly died after she mistakenly injected herself with LSD. InJoLinda was arrested for possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell and locked up in Cook County Jail. Wade, at the age of 10, reunited with his mom by talking with her at Cook County Jail through a glass panel over a telephone. JoLinda served 23 months in prison for her crimes, but while serving her second sentence inshe failed to report to prison while on work release.
Wade's mom and dad would often take him to the park to play basketball. He cites one of his older sisters, Tragil, as the individual most responsible for his childhood upbringing and for steering him in the proper direction.
Wade attended Harold L. Richards High School in Oak Lawn. Wade quickly found success as a wide receiver on the football team, but he needed to work extremely hard to earn playing time on the varsity basketball team during his junior year. Wade was recruited by only three college basketball teams Marquette UniversityIllinois Stateand DePaul University due to academic problems. On October 14,JoLinda declared that she would change her life and get clean while attending a service at a Chicago church.
Wade, then a sophomore at Marquette, went home for Christmas to be with his mom, who he believed was clean and sober for the first time in his life. However, JoLinda admitted to him that she was actually going back to prison.
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She says she has been clean since During Wade's freshman year at Marquette, he was ineligible to play with the men's team as he had fallen short of academic standards set by the NCAA's Proposition Wade sought tutoring to improve his writing skills in order to regain eligibility. That season Wade led the Golden Eagles to the Final Fourthe school's first appearance in the Final Four since winning the national championship.
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After the season, he was named to the All-America First Team by the Associated Press ; Wade is the first Marquette basketball player since to do so. Against heavily favored, top-ranked and top-seeded Kentucky WildcatsWade recorded a triple-double with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. Marquette finished the season ranked No.
Wade's strong tournament play resulted in increased visibility in the national media and, consequently, a high draft projection. On February 3,almost four years after Wade played in his final collegiate game, Marquette retired his jersey at halftime of a game against Providence.
Although Marquette requires student-athletes to graduate prior to receiving jersey retirement honors, the University made a special exception for Wade based on his accomplishments since leaving Marquette.
Three days later she saw Dwyane play basketball for the first time in five years. Dwyane had 26 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. Selected 5th overall in the NBA draft by the Miami HeatWade quickly emerged as a productive player on a youthful Miami Heat team and averaged Wade is one of only four Marquette University players to be drafted in the first round; his is the highest draft selection in school history.
In the end, however, Wade's successful rookie season was somewhat overshadowed by the success of fellow rookies Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. It's not just out of respect.
Diesel Powered: Shaq's Jersey Being Retired By Heat
It's because of what he did for us. O'Neal won his first three titles with the Lakers, then got his fourth in Miami to make good on the promise he made when he stepped out of that truck to deliver a championship to Heat fans.
And, in a nod to that infamous arrival, the Heat will have an wheeler bearing the "Diesel Power" artwork that greeted him 12 years ago at the arena. But his impact stretched well beyond stats; he helped turn Heat games into events, and did so while not impeding Wade's rapid rise to superstardom.
There were some well-documented troubles along the way.
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When Stan Van Gundy stepped down as coach inpart of that decision was believed to be related to his relationship with O'Neal. I just felt it. That's why I did my best to communicate with the powers that be. And I told them what I was gonna do.
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As in not Riley, the man who saw the sacrifices Wade made to get players to Miami and try to keep them together. One offer was presented with love and respect, while the other was tinged with resentment.
Making the decision to choose Chicago meant putting himself first, and he was asked if that was difficult. It's tough to make a decision when you know you get a couple days to make this decision and it's not gonna be the most popular decision because of X, Y and Z. It's about doing what I want to do at this moment.
Not saying I didn't do what I wanted, I always did what I wanted, but it's continuing to have the ability to do that. I put myself first for once. I didn't say, hey, I waited on Miami to come to me. At the end of the day, I could've come back to Miami and made great money.
The contract they offered me was good. By the time it got to me, my heart was somewhere else. The players come and go laughs. That's just not who I am, I've seen this business early on. I'm not that cocky guy like that.