Dwyane Wade
American basketball player
Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr., nicknamed Flash or D-Wade, is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat. Awarded 2006 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated, Wade has established himself as one of the most well-known and popular players in the league. He had the top selling jersey in the NBA for nearly two years, as he led the NBA in jersey sales from the 2005 NBA Playoffs, until the midpoint of the 2006–07 season.
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Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union won't 'stick to sports' - nor should they
Chicago Times - 2 days
Dwyane Wade strolled through a sea of admirers and photographers, a Bulls guard looking more like a movie star. He wore shades indoors and a cream-colored outfit so his black Wade 5 "All-Star" shoes — publicly unveiled this weekend — would pop, as they say. Those were the obvious contrasts, but...
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Illness makes Dwyane Wade start All-Star break early
Chicago Times - 4 days
Dwyane Wade's All-Star break began a day early. Unfortunately for the 12-time All-Star, it did so in unpleasant fashion. Wade, who already was doubtful with the right wrist contusion that had sidelined him for two games, told team officials he woke up with a stomach virus. So Wade, who didn't attend...
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Bulls' Wade, Butler, Mirotic, Zipser all out vs. Wolves
Fox News - 8 days
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Chicago Bulls have scratched Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Nikola Mirotic and Paul Zipser for their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the final one of a long road trip.
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Sunday's recap: Timberwolves 117, Bulls 89
Chicago Times - 8 days
The Bulls finished their six-game trip Sunday playing without Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade, Nikola Mirotic and Paul Zipser. It wasn't pretty. With a 117-89 triumph, Tom Thibodeau's Timberwolves swept the two-game season series from the Bulls, who finished their trip 2-4. Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points,...
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Monday's matchup: Bulls 112, Kings 107
Chicago Times - 14 days
The Bulls survived a wild affair Monday night at Golden 1 Center to improve to 2-1 on their six-game trip, downing the Kings 112-107. Dwyane Wade scored 11 of his 31 points in the final period, including the go-ahead baseline jumper over Matt Barnes after the Kings had erased all of a 27-point,...
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Dwyane Wade stays on message: He and Jimmy Butler need help
Chicago Times - 20 days
Dwyane Wade can't get fined for these comments. And he delivered them in upbeat fashion as the Bulls embark on their second six-game trip of the season following a 29-assist performance to win their getaway game Saturday, their most assists since Dec. 19. But Wade's message was similar the night...
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Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade come off bench as discipline in defeat
ABC News - 23 days
Jimmy Butler?led the? Chicago Bulls?in playing time Friday night despite coming off the bench as a disciplinary measure handed down by coach Fred Hoiberg. The problem for the Bulls: Butler never found his game. Butler went 1-for-13 from the field and was held to three points in a?100-88 loss to the visiting? Miami Heat. "I'll be back," he said. "I promise I will be back. I am not worried at all." Butler, sidelined to start the game as punishment for his comments after a loss Wednesday night, still led the Bulls in minutes with 33. He also was limited to two assists. "We obviously had a very emotional day," Hoiberg said. "It's not an excuse for how we played. It's the worst game we've played all year, in my opinion." Dwyane Wade?also came off the bench for similar comments and led the Bulls with 15 points. But his efforts weren't enough to make up for Butler's struggles. Butler was the first...
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Bulls Punish Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler, Who Spoke Out as LeBron James Did
NYTimes - 23 days
Wade and Butler did not start against the Miami Heat after they criticized their teammates for a perceived lack of effort in a game against Atlanta.
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Rajon Rondo's latest Bulls comments should be the end of his NBA career - FOXSports.com
Google News - 25 days
FOXSports.com Rajon Rondo's latest Bulls comments should be the end of his NBA career FOXSports.com The clock is almost certainly ticking on the end of Rondo's time with yet another franchise. If and when the Bulls finally part ways with the mercurial point guard, the rest of the NBA should take note: Rondo is no longer a viable NBA player, and his ... Thursday NBA Roundup: Bulls Leadership Drama Only Masks Bigger On-Court ProblemsBleacher Report Rondo goes nuclear on Wade and Butler for public criticism of Bulls' effortYahoo Sports Rajon Rondo's Response To Dwyane Wade And Jimmy Butler Was On PointForbes New York Times -ABC News -Comcast SportsNet Chicago -NBA.com all 137 news articles »
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Wade, Butler call out Bulls teammates after latest defeat
Yahoo News - 25 days
Chicago Bulls stars Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler blasted their teammates in the wake of an embarrassing home loss on Wednesday that saw the Atlanta Hawks erase a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 119-114 triumph. Butler scored 40 points and Wade added 33, but their efforts went for nothing as the Bulls collapsed down the stretch. "I don't know if I see enough guys who really want it," said Wade, who won three NBA championships with the Miami Heat before joining Chicago as a free agent prior to this season.
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Younger and more athletic? Bulls invented 'alternative facts'
Chicago Times - 28 days
Funny guy, that Dwyane Wade. “In a desperate moment," Wade said after the Bulls escaped with a win at home against the miserable Kings, “I like this team." Yes. Well. Ahem. In a desperate moment, Dwyane, you missed a shot against the lousy Mavericks after Jimmy Butler lost control of the ball. ...
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Dwyane Wade And Gabrielle Union Teamed Up To Take Down A Critical Reporter On Twitter
Yahoo News - 29 days
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union have more fun on social media than any other NBA couple. Union has also shown that she’s not afraid to get on her husband’s case when he’s not getting the job done on the court – she once called Wade out for not doing what he needed to do to secure a rebound during a game. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News made a comment about Wade getting the benefit of the doubt from officials after he benefitted from a controversial call late in Chicago’s win against Sacramento.
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Wade apologizes, Butler fumes over bitter NBA Bulls loss
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Dwyane Wade is apologetic, Jimmy Butler is frustrated and the Chicago Bulls are mired in misery after a humbling NBA home loss to Atlanta left them with a losing record. The Hawks took a 35-13 lead after the first quarter on the way to a 102-93 triumph in which 35-year-old starting Bulls guard Wade made only 2-of-10 shots for four points with three rebounds and three assists. "That performance was AWFUL!!! I apologize to all the Chicago fans and Wade fans," tweeted Wade, a three-time NBA champion guard for Miami who joined the Bulls this season.
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Miami Heat's Bosh could reunite with Wade on Chicago Bulls
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Chris Bosh, who helped the Miami Heat win two NBA crowns alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, might reunite with Wade on the Chicago Bulls, according to a report Friday. An ESPN website report said Bosh, who has not played since last February due to blood clot issue, will likely be released by the Heat in a few weeks and that the Bulls were in the forefront of teams interested in the 11-time All-Star forward. The Heat could drop Bosh on February 9 after he will have missed a full year but could also wait until March 1 so Bosh would not be eligible to play for another club in this year's NBA playoffs, possibly pushing back a return to the 2017-18 campaign.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dwyane Wade
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 34
    Wade's first cousin, 32-year-old Nykea Aldridge, was fatally shot in the afternoon of August 26, 2016 while pushing a stroller in Chicago's Parkway Gardens, when two men exchanged gunfire nearby, hitting her in the arm and the head.
    More Details Hide Details A mother of four, Aldridge was pronounced dead at the hospital. The child in the stroller was not hurt. Wade, who had recently spoken publicly the area's problem of violence, reacted by tweeting, "Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough". Wade's nicknames include D-Wade and Flash, which was given to him by former teammate Shaquille O'Neal who would sing, "He's the greatest in the Universe", in reference to the Queen song of the same name from the 1980 film Flash Gordon. The Heat's 2005 NBA Playoff run and Wade's performances with Shaquille O'Neal hampered by injury, led to an explosion of media attention and rapid increase in Wade's popularity. During those playoffs, Wade's jersey became the top selling jersey in the league and remained so for nearly two years. After the Heat's success and Wade's memorable performances during the 2006 NBA Playoffs, Wade was further elevated into the public's eye and appeared on several talk shows, including Late Show with David Letterman and Live with Regis and Kelly. He also made a guest star appearance on Disney Channel's Austin & Ally as himself, who is an obsessed fan of Austin Moon.
    On July 6, 2016, Wade announced, in a letter to Miami, that he had agreed to join the Chicago Bulls on a two-year deal worth $47.5 million.
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    However, the 2016 postseason saw a change in Wade's play.
    More Details Hide Details He converted on his first seven three-point shot attempts before missing his first one during a Game 3 loss to the Toronto Raptors in the conference semi-finals. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Wade had never made more than five three-pointers in a row during his career.
  • 2015
    Age 33
    Wade hit just seven shots from beyond the arc during the entire 2015–16 regular season.
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    On July 10, 2015, he re-signed with the Heat once again to a one-year, $20 million contract.
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    On June 29, 2015, Wade opted out of his contract with the Heat to become a free agent.
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  • 2014
    Age 32
    After playing in the Heat's first eight games of the 2014–15 season, Wade missed seven consecutive games due to a hamstring injury.
    More Details Hide Details He returned to action on November 30 against the New York Knicks to score a then season-high 27 points in an 88-79 win. On December 17, despite Wade's season-high 42 points, the Heat were defeated 105-87 by the Utah Jazz. He was named an All-Star for the 11th time, however on February 11, he pulled out of the game due to another hamstring injury and was replaced by Kyle Korver. The Heat finished the season with a 37-45 win/loss record, as Wade missed the post-season for just the second time in his career.
    On June 28, 2014, Wade and teammates James and Bosh all opted-out of their contracts in order to cut costs with the intention of all re-signing.
    More Details Hide Details James announced on his website on July 11 that he was returning to Cleveland after four successful seasons with Wade in Miami. Four days later, Wade re-signed with the Heat and was later joined by a returning Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Chris Andersen and Mario Chalmers as well as former rivals Danny Granger and Luol Deng.
  • 2013
    Age 31
    Wade and Union became engaged in December 2013, and married on August 30, 2014 in Miami.
    More Details Hide Details Wade has spoken out about violence in Chicago, in part due to his own family's experience with it. His nephew, Darin Johnson, was shot twice in the leg in 2012 but recovered.
    According to Wade, he and Union briefly split up at some point early in 2013 due to career demands.
    More Details Hide Details During that time, Wade and longtime friend Aja Metoyer conceived a son, Xavier Zechariah Wade (born November 10, 2013).
    In the 2013–14 season, Wade played in 54 games due to injury and the team's decision to rest him during back-to-back games.
    More Details Hide Details Wade averaged 19 points per game and posted a career high 54 percent field goal percentage, and had notable games in victories against elite teams such as a 32-point outing against the Pacers on November 7 and 29 points against the Los Angeles Clippers on December 18. In the playoffs, the team increased Wade's minutes per game, noted by a 28-point performance in the closing game of Miami's second round victory over the Brooklyn Nets and a 23-point outing in a crucial game 2 road victory against Indiana in the Eastern Finals. The Heat would go on to win the series in six games, advancing to their fourth straight NBA Finals. Wade averaged 19.1 points a game during the playoffs on 52 percent shooting, his best percentage in a playoff run since 2010. The Heat would once again face the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals. However, they would lose in five games.
    He won his third NBA championship in 2013, when the Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals.
    More Details Hide Details In 2014, the Heat reached the Finals for the fourth consecutive year, but lost in five games to the San Antonio Spurs. Dwyane Wade was born on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, to JoLinda and Dwyane Wade Sr, whose name's unusual spelling was decided by his own mother. In 1977, JoLinda, at the age of 18, already had two children. Wade has described his upbringing in Chicago as being very difficult. Wade stated that "his mom was on drugs and his family was in the gang environment, so it was a rough childhood." At a very young age, Wade already witnessed police raids and found dead bodies several times in a nearby garbage can. When he was only 4 months old, his parents separated – and would later divorce. Jolinda was given custody of the two children, and she moved to her mother's house with them. The family struggled financially, and it was around that time when Jolinda started dealing drugs. His mom was addicted to several substances including cigarettes, alcohol, heroin, and cocaine. JoLinda would get high with friends at her home, even in the presence of her children. In an interview with ESPN, Wade said "I've seen the needles laying around the house. 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."
  • TWENTIES
  • 2012
    Age 30
    Wade finished the 2012–2013 season with averages of 21.2 points, 5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game.
    More Details Hide Details In the playoffs, injuries limited Wade to a career low scoring average of 15.9 points per game, but he upped his average to 19.6 points a game during the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. After the teams split the first two games in Miami, the Spurs blew out the Heat in game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead. In game 4, Wade scored 32 points on 56 percent shooting to go with 6 steals as the Heat defeated the Spurs 109-93. The Spurs would bounce back in game 5 despite Wade's 25 points and 10 assists. Wade scored 14 points in Miami's overtime win in game 6, followed by 23 points and 10 rebounds in game 7 as the Heat clinched their second straight championship and Wade's third title.
    On December 26, 2012, during an away game against the Charlotte Bobcats, Wade kicked guard Ramon Sessions in the groin.
    More Details Hide Details The following day, Wade was suspended by the NBA for one game.
    He missed the 2012 Summer Olympics.
    More Details Hide Details While Wade missed the Heat's first pre-season game against the Atlanta Hawks, he returned in time for the Heat's second pre-season game against the Los Angeles Clippers, which was held at the MasterCard Center in Beijing, China. Miami won the game 94–80.
    Before the start of the 2012–13 NBA season, Wade underwent surgery due to a left knee injury.
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    On March 10, 2012 Wade made the game-winning shot against the Indiana Pacers to give the Heat a 93–91 overtime win.
    More Details Hide Details Wade finished the season averaging 22.1 points, 4.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game. In the playoffs, the Heat defeated the New York Knicks in 5 games in the first round, then defeated the Indiana Pacers in 6 games in the second round. Wade heated up in Game 6 of the second round, recording 41 points and 10 rebounds. The Celtics took the Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals, but the Heat prevailed and advanced to the NBA Finals. They lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of the finals, but won the next four games, and Wade secured his second NBA title. Wade averaged 22.6 points per game in the series. The Heat became the first team in NBA history to win a championship after trailing in three different playoff series.
    On February 26, 2012 at the All-Star Game Wade recorded what was only the third triple-double in the history of the contest, posting 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, joining Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only players ever to record the prestigious stat (at the 1997 and 2011 games respectively).
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    After LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined the Heat, Wade was part of Miami's second championship win in the 2012 NBA Finals, when Miami defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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  • 2011
    Age 29
    During the 2011 NBA Playoffs, Wade debuted his first signature shoe for the Jordan Brand, joining fellow players Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul, who have their own signature shoes for the brand.
    More Details Hide Details After his Jordan Brand contract expired in 2012, Wade signed with the Chinese athletic brand Li-Ning.
    Prior to the beginning of the 2011–12 NBA season, Bosh in 2012 opined Wade should take the last second shot instead of Bosh or James to win or lose a game based off Wade's past success.
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  • 2010
    Age 28
    Wade was hand-chosen by Michael Jordan and debuted the Air Jordan 2010 during the 2010 NBA All-Star break.
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    During the off-season, Miami-Dade County commissioners voted unanimously to rename the county "Miami-Wade County" for one week from July 1–7, 2010 in Wade's honor and to try and convince Wade to stay in Miami and sign with the Heat.
    More Details Hide Details On July 7, it was announced that Wade would be re-signing with the Miami Heat, along with former Toronto Raptor Chris Bosh. The following day, LeBron James announced he would be joining the Heat to play with Wade and Bosh, causing a stir in the media and among fans. The deals were officially announced on July 10; Bosh and James arrived via sign-and-trade deals. The Heat finished with a 58-24 record in the first year of the Big 3 Era and earned the second seed in the Eastern Conference. For the season, Wade averaged 25.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.5 steals per game, shooting 50% from the field. After defeating the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, and Chicago Bulls, the Heat reached the Finals, but lost to the Dallas Mavericks in six games. Wade averaged 26.5 points, 7 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game for the NBA Finals and 24.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.4 for the entire playoffs.
    On January 21, Wade was selected to play for the East in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, which was his sixth overall All-Star appearance.
    More Details Hide Details Wade was named the game's MVP after recording 28 points, 11 assists, 5 steals and 6 rebounds. In just his second game back from the All-Star Game on February 17, Wade strained his calf in the first quarter. He left the game with 8 points in 8 minutes of play, ending his personal and also Heat's franchise record streak of 148 consecutive games with at least 10 points. On April 2, Wade was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month and Player of the Week twice for his play in the month of March, leading the Heat to a 12–3, the team's best record since March 2006. It was his first Player of the Month award of the season and 5th of his career. He averaged 26.9 and 7.5 assists per game, which both ranked third in the Eastern Conference, and 2.3 steals per game, which ranked first. Wade recorded six 30 points games and had six double-doubles in the month, including a season-high 14 assists in an overtime win against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 4.
  • 2009
    Age 27
    Wade began dating actress Gabrielle Union in 2009.
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    On November 1, in just his third game of the 2009–10 season Wade recorded his 10,000th career point in a 95–87 win against the Chicago Bulls.
    More Details Hide Details On November 12 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wade made a spectacular dunk over Anderson Varejão, considered by many to be one of the greatest of the season until then. LeBron James himself described the dunk as "great, probably top 10 all-time". Two days later against the New Jersey Nets, with the Heat down by two in the final seconds, Wade hit a clutch three-point shot, giving the Heat the win by one point, 81–80. On January 6, Wade scored a season-high 44 points in an overtime loss against the Boston Celtics, the most points scored by a player in a losing effort in the season until that point.
  • 2008
    Age 26
    At the 2008 Olympics, the United States went unbeaten and earned gold medal honors, defeating the 2006 World Champion Spain in the final game.
    More Details Hide Details Wade led the team in scoring throughout the tournament and tallied a game high 27 points in 27 minutes on 75% field goal shooting and added 4 steals, 2 assists and 2 rebounds in the game. For the tournament, he averaged a team high 16 points in 18 minutes on 67% field goal shooting, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2.3 steals, as the United States lived up to their Redeem Team moniker and captured gold medal honors for the first time since 2000. On June 28, 2012, it was reported that Wade would miss the 2012 Olympics in London because of knee surgery. Standing at 6 feet 4 inches tall (1.93 m) and weighing 220 pounds (100 kg), Wade is a shooting guard that is also capable of playing point guard as he did during his rookie season and in subsequent seasons with smaller lineups. On offense, he has established himself as one of the quickest and most difficult players to guard, as well as one of the best slashers in the NBA. Wade's signature one-two step allows him to dash past bigger defenders and occasionally get the extra foul shot. Wade is able to get to the free throw line consistently; he ranked first in free-throw attempts per 48 minutes in 2004–05 and again in the 2006–07 season. He has proven himself an unselfish player, averaging 6.1 assists per game throughout his career.
    After undergoing months of rehabilitation on his left knee and helping the U.S. Olympic team win a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics, in which he led the team in scoring, Wade returned to the starting lineup at the start of the 2008–09 season.
    More Details Hide Details Early in the season, Wade became the second player in NBA history to tally at least 40 points, 10 assists and five blocked shots in a game since Alvan Adams did so in the 1976–77 season. With a healthy Wade leading the league in scoring and the Heat making a push for a playoff position, Wade was elected to his fifth consecutive All-Star game appearance. Following the All-Star game, Wade recorded 50 points on 56.6% shooting and added 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a blow-out loss against the Orlando Magic. Wade became the fourth player in NBA history to score at least 50 points while his team lost by at least 20 in a game. The following game, Wade recorded a career-high 16 assists and added 31 points and 7 rebounds in a 103–91 win against the Detroit Pistons. Wade became the second player to record 15 or more assists after scoring at least 50 points since Wilt Chamberlain did so in 1968. Two games later, Wade tied a franchise record with 24 points in the fourth quarter, as he led the Heat back from a 15-point deficit in the final nine minutes of the quarter to secure a 120–115 win over the New York Knicks. For the game, Wade recorded 46 points on 55% field goal shooting, 10 assists, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks. Wade followed the performance with a second-consecutive 40-point game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • 2007
    Age 25
    He filed for a divorce in 2007, which was granted in 2010 after a lengthy and acrimonious court battle.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, Wade was granted sole custody of his two sons with Funches, Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade (born February 4, 2002) and Zion Malachi Airamis Wade (born May 29, 2007). Wade also raises a nephew, Dahveon (born 2002), who is the son of Wade's sister Deanna.
    However, during a game against the Houston Rockets on February 21, 2007, while attempting to steal the ball from Shane Battier, Wade dislocated his left shoulder and was assisted off the court in a wheelchair.
    More Details Hide Details After the injury he was left with the decision to either rehabilitate the shoulder or undergo season-ending surgery. Wade later announced that he would put off the surgery and rehabilitate his shoulder with the intention of rejoining the team in time for the playoffs. After missing 23 games to recover from the injury, Wade returned to the active roster in a game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Sporting a black sleeve to help protect his dislocated left shoulder, Wade played 27 minutes and recorded 12 points and 8 assists, in a 111–103 overtime loss. For the season, Wade averaged 27.4 points, 7.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game shooting 50% from the field, and finished the season as the NBA's leader in PER (Player efficiency rating). In the playoffs, Wade averaged 23.5 points, 6.3 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game, as the Heat were swept in the first round by the Chicago Bulls. Following the playoffs, Wade underwent a pair of successful surgeries to repair his dislocated left shoulder and left knee. The knee ailment, commonly called "jumper's knee", prevented Wade from joining USA Basketball in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament over the summer.
    Despite Wade's play, the Heat struggled early in the season with injuries and were 20–25 on February 1, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details But with Shaquille O'Neal healthy and Pat Riley returning to the bench after undergoing hip and knee surgeries respectively, the Heat seemed poised to surge into the second half of the season.
  • 2006
    Age 24
    The team competed in the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan, in which Wade averaged 19.3 points per game.
    More Details Hide Details The team won a bronze medal, which disappointed many USA fans who had hoped for a return to the days of the original "Dream Team". Wade was named to the USA Men's Basketball National Team from 2006 to 2008. He was named co-captain of the 2006 team, along with James and Anthony. In 2007, due to injury, Wade was unable to compete at the Tournament of Americas Olympic Qualifiers, where the United States compiled a 10–0 record and qualified for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
    In the 2006–07 season, Wade missed a total of 31 games due to injury.
    More Details Hide Details He was elected to his third straight All-Star Game and received All-NBA honors. He became the first guard to earn All-NBA honors after missing at least 31 games in a season since Pete Maravich of the Utah Jazz earned Second Team honors during the 1977–78 season.
    After this, Wade successfully led his team to the 2006 NBA Finals, despite suffering from flu-like symptoms in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Pistons.
    More Details Hide Details He put up a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists in that game, including an 8-point flurry to close out the third quarter that put the game out of reach. In his first trip to the NBA Finals, in which Miami faced off against the Dallas Mavericks, Wade had some especially memorable moments. His performance in games three, four, and five, in which he scored 42, 36, and 43 points, respectively, helped bring the Heat back from a 0–2 deficit to lead the series 3-2. In Game 3 Wade tied his career playoff high with 42 points and grabbed a career high 13 rebounds. Fifteen of his 42 points came in the fourth quarter, in which the Heat erased a 13-point deficit over the final 6:29 with a 22–7 run which included a go-ahead jumper by NBA veteran Gary Payton that sealed the win. The Heat went on to win Game 6 behind Wade's 36 points, taking the series 4–2, and Wade was presented with the Finals MVP trophy. He became the fifth youngest player in NBA history to capture NBA Finals MVP honors and recorded the third highest scoring average by a player in his first NBA Finals with 34.7 points per game. His 33.8 PER in the NBA finals was ranked by ESPN's John Hollinger as the greatest Finals performance since the NBA-ABA merger.
    Against the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 2006 NBA Playoffs, Wade shook off a few injuries that scared Heat fans, including a severely bruised hip in Game 5.
    More Details Hide Details Returning late in the half, Wade resurrected his team by scoring 15 of his 28 points while suffering from intense pain, leading the Heat to the much-needed 3–2 series lead.
  • 2005
    Age 23
    He finished the 2005–06 regular season averaging 27.2 points, 6.7 assists, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.95 steals per game.
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    By the 2005–06 season Wade had developed into one of the most prominent players in the NBA and was elected to his second All-Star Game, this time a starter.
    More Details Hide Details In the 2006 All-Star Game, Wade made the game winning put-back off of the Philadelphia 76ers' Allen Iverson's missed shot, to lead the East to a 122–120 victory over the West. He scored 20 points on 9/11 field goals in 30 minutes of play.
    In the first round of the 2005 NBA Playoffs, Wade averaged 26.3 points, 8.8 assists, and 6. rebounds while maintaining a 50% field-goal percentage as the Heat swept the New Jersey Nets.
    More Details Hide Details Wade continued his high level of play in the second round by averaging 31 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists per game as the Heat swept the Washington Wizards. The Heat's playoff run was stopped by the Detroit Pistons, the previous season's champions, in 7 games in the Eastern Conference Finals. Wade scored 42 and 36 points in Games 2 and 3 respectively despite playing with sinusitis, the flu, and a knee strain. He also suffered a strained rib muscle in Game 5 of the Conference Finals that prevented him from playing in the series' sixth game and limited him in the seventh. The Heat lost the series in the seventh game despite leading three games to two after the fifth game and holding a lead with three minutes remaining in Game 7.
    The league's coaches selected Wade to be a reserve in the 2005 All-Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details He scored 14 points in 24 minutes of play.
  • 2004
    Age 22
    Wade did earn unanimous selection to the 2004 NBA All-Rookie Team, and also finished third in rookie of the year voting (behind James and Anthony).
    More Details Hide Details He was ranked in the top five among rookies in several major statistical categories, including second in field goal percentage, second in steals, third in scoring, fourth in assists, and fourth in minutes played. In the playoffs Wade hit a game winning shot in Game 1 of the Heat's first round series against the New Orleans Hornets. The Heat won the series 4–3 and advanced to the second round to face the top-seeded and best record team in the NBA, the Indiana Pacers, in a very entertaining series that almost pushed the 61-win Pacers to the edge, though Miami would eventually lose the series in six games. He became the fourth rookie since the shot clock era began to lead his team in scoring and assist average in the postseason. Before the 2004–05 season, Shaquille O'Neal was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Heat. The following season, Miami improved by 17 games, from a 42–40 record in the 2003–04 season to an Eastern Conference-best 59–23 record in the 2004–05 season.
  • 2003
    Age 21
    Wade is well known for his philanthropic involvement in various organizations. In 2003, he founded The Wade's World Foundation, which provides support to community-based organizations that promote education, health, and social skills for children in at-risk situations.
    More Details Hide Details He hosts a variety of community outreach programs in Chicago and South Florida. In 2008, he announced his partnership with former teammate Alonzo Mourning's charitable foundation and co-hosted ZO's Summer Groove, an annual summer event. On December 24, 2008, Wade purchased a new home for a South Florida woman whose nephew accidentally burned down the family home. In addition, Wade donated some furnishings, clothing, and gifts to the family for the holiday. After breaking his own Miami Heat single-season scoring record, Wade gave the jersey he wore in that night's victory to 8-year-old Michael Stolzenberg, an avid Heat fan that had his hands and feet removed surgically due to a bacterial infection. Wade stated that he knew Stolzenberg previously and wished to add to his collection of Heat memorabilia. Wade has been known for visiting other sick children, usually in private to avoid placing himself in the media spotlight.
    Selected 5th overall in the 2003 NBA draft by the Miami Heat, Wade quickly emerged as a productive player on a youthful Miami Heat team and averaged 16.2 points on 46.5% shooting with averages of 4. rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.
    More Details Hide Details 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. After a 5–15 start, the Heat would gradually improve and finish 42–40 to qualify for the NBA playoffs. He further distinguished himself with outstanding performances in the playoffs, particularly against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals. In the end, however, Wade's successful rookie season was somewhat overshadowed by the success of fellow rookies Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James.
    On March 5, 2003, JoLinda Wade was released from prison.
    More Details Hide Details Three days later she saw Dwyane play basketball for the first time in five years. She watched Marquette beat Cincinnati, 70-61, at the Bradley Center to win the Conference USA regular-season championship. Dwyane had 26 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists.
    As a result, he elected to forgo his senior year at Marquette and enter the 2003 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details On February 3, 2007, 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.
    Wade's performance during the Midwest Regional Final of the 2003 NCAA Tournament was highly publicized by the national press.
    More Details Hide Details Against heavily favored, top-ranked and top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats, Wade recorded a triple-double with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. His triple double was the fourth in NCAA Tournament history. Wade's exceptional play helped lead Marquette over the Wildcats 83–69 and into the Final Four; Wade was named MVP of the Midwest Regional. Marquette finished the season ranked No.6 in the AP poll, the school's highest ranking since the 1976–77 season. Wade's strong tournament play resulted in increased visibility in the national media and, consequently, a high draft projection.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2002
    Age 20
    Wade married his high school girlfriend Siohvaughn Funches in 2002.
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    In 2002–03, Wade led Marquette in scoring again with 21.5 ppg, and Marquette won the school's first and only Conference USA championship with a 27–6 record.
    More Details Hide Details That season Wade led the Golden Eagles to the Final Four, the school's first appearance in the Final Four since winning the 1977 national championship. After the season, he was named to the All-America First Team by the Associated Press; Wade is the first Marquette basketball player since 1978 to do so.
  • 2001
    Age 19
    Wade earned eligibility to play for the 2001–2002 season, and he led the Golden Eagles in scoring with 17.8 ppg, led the conference in steals at 2.47 per game, and averaged of 6.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.
    More Details Hide Details Marquette finished with a 26–7 record, the school's best record since the 1993–94 season.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1982
    Age 0
    Born on January 17, 1982.
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