Dwyane Wade’s More Focused on Family Than Free Agency

by June 20, 2010

The Associated Press reports: “Dwyane Wade has had June 20 circled for a long time. Not because Sunday will be exactly four years since the Miami Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks for the 2006 NBA title…For Wade, June 20 is significant for two other reasons — his young sons, Zaire and Zion. He’ll spend Father’s Day with them, something that hasn’t always been possible during a nasty divorce and custody fight that has waged since 2007 between the Heat star and his estranged wife. Yes, for the former NBA scoring champion, this Father’s Day is far bigger than the looming Free Agent Day. ‘You go through a whole season, even the last two seasons and feel incomplete in a way no matter what kind of success you have, because you don’t have the most important thing to you with you,’ Wade said in a telephone interview. ‘My boys. To be able to have this relationship with them as I have since this summer hit, it’s been probably the best feeling I’ve had since winning the championship.’ … This summer, amid all the free agency hubbub, Wade is taking parenting classes—just to ensure no missteps with the boys. ‘I have been out of their everyday lives for the last three years,’ Wade said. ‘I understand my parenting ways aren’t as much as someone who’s around them 80 percent of the time. I understand I have things to catch up on. I will get better at it. If I learn one thing, I’ll feel accomplished.'”