Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 4:47 pm  |  22 responses

Puttin’ in Work

Dwyane Wade, hours before declaring for the NBA Draft.

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane WadePhotos by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 71

“Placid.” “Low-key.” “Heart-pleasing.”

Those are the words we used to describe Dwyane Wade just months before the 2003 NBA Draft. Wade’s gone through a lot since his triple-double in the NCAA Elite Eight, but you can bet he’s still the same guy—bringing the entire package both on and off the court.—Ryne Nelson

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Remember the day vividly. Knew he’d be good, but THIS good? No way.

  • http://wherespmac.com Justin Adler

    “Hated.” “Alone.” “Marijuana sex parties.”

    The words to now describe D-Wade.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai


  • http://twitter.com/looktotheleft MyKal

    ^ NO

  • justin

    Justin Adler you are out of yo mind wade is a beast and a good sport

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Wade was unreal at marqutte, my fav playuer in the tourney that year by far.
    The phrase “Marijuana sex party” is extremely misleading. That just sounds like a party to me. What is this, a 1950′s propaganda film?

  • Seven Duece

    Dang he looks young and skinny and that was just 6 years ago. The life….

  • bendreizehn

    That triple-double game was dope…still watch it sometimes on tape…

  • http://fjdklsf.com Jukai

    I want Ciolkstar to invite me to his parties.

  • http://michaelcho.com M Cho

    I remember that following that rookie Heat season, and thinking “well, Caron is the star-in-training, Wade should be a good role player”…then that first playoff run completely blew my mind.

  • http://aol.com Steve

    What is he doing on the 2nd floor running track with a basket ball?

  • http://jscook55.webs.com Jeremy C

    Awesome player. I always liked how he wasn’t as hyped as some players, he just let his game do the talking.

  • OverRATED

    The most hyped crybaby this side of umm… can’t think of anyone. He is in a class of his own alright, THE KING of .

  • Jose

    the flash back when he was just a spark.

  • flash

    i miss dwade

  • larrylegend

    i remember the article from years ago. most impressive i find the lines about his trainig routine, going up and down the court dribbling and finishing with a dunk. how about teaming wade up with d12, after turk will be gone…

  • Kas

    really? weed n’sex parties?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose


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  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Justin Adler just got called for a touch foul against Wade.

  • http://www.http://courtsidebasketball.blogspot.com/ stu

    wasn’t this whole article on some other guy called dwayne wade?
    i am positive SLAM got his name wrong throughout the entire piece. SLAM?

  • drew