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30 Interesting Facts About American Basketball Player – Dwyane Wade

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Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr, is a professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is one of the most sought after and well known player in the basketball league. Here are 30 facts to know about the player:

  1. Wade was born on January 17, 1982 in Chicago, Illinois. He father Dwyane Wade Sr. was a former Army sergeant and his mother Jolinda was a drug addict.
  2. His parents separated when he was 04 months old and had a very troubled upbringing. He was united with his father while his mother was serving her sentences.
  3. When he entered college he wanted to do many things he was restricted to do as growing up,such as piercing ears, wearing hats and to tattoo. He walked in to tattoo parlor and walked right out thinking ‘it just wasn’t me.’
  4. Wade credits his older sister Tragil for his upbringing and steering him into right direction. He was passionate about football and basketball.
  5. He attended ‘Harold L. Richard High School’ in Oak Lawn. He had to work extremely hard to get into junior basketball team. His high school coach Jack Fitzgerald was the biggest influence in his life during that time.
  6. He was recruited by ‘Marquette University, Illinois in 2000 but was not eligible to play that year as he had fallen short of academic requirements.In 2001-02 season he led the scoring for Golden Eagles and helped it to finish the season with 26-07 record.
  7. In 2002-03 season Wade led the Golden Eagles to win the ‘Conference USA Championship’ for the first time since 1977. He averaged 21.5 points per game to be named in the All-America First Team by the Associated Press.
  8. On June 26, 2003, Wade was drafted into NBA by ‘Miami Heat.’ He is the highest draft selection in school history. Marquette retired his jersey as an honor in spite of Wade not graduating to be eligible. University made a special exception.
  9. He was ranked in top five among rookies in several categories in the 2003-04 NBA season to be selected to the 2004 NBA All-Rookie Team.
  10. In the 2004-05 season Wade averaged 26.3 and 31 points in the first and second rounds respectively to lead ‘Miami Heat’ to ‘Eastern Conference’ finals. During the final six game series Wade was laid low because of sinusitis, flu, knee strain and rib muscle strains. Miami Heat lost the final to Detroit Pistons.
  11. Wade made it to 2006 All-Star Game averaging 27.2 points, 6.7 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.95 steals in the regular season. Miami Heat went on to win the NBA Finals 4-2 against Dallas Mavericks.
  12. He was presented the ‘Most Valuable Player’ of 2006 finals to become the fifth youngest in NBA history to be honored. His score of 42, 36 and 43 points helped Heat to take lead 3-2 in the series, from 0-2 deficit. He averaged 34.7 points per game in the final.
  13. On February 21, 2007, Wade dislocated his shoulder while trying to steal a ball from Shane Battier of Houston Rockets. He returned after missing 23 games with rehabilitation of the shoulder.
  14. On May 15, 2007, Wade underwent surgery on his left shoulder and on his left knee. Surgery on both joints prevented him from joining the USA Basketball team for ‘FIBA Americas Championship,’ a qualifying tournament for Olympics.
  15. After missing most of the games in 2007-08 season due to recurring knee problem, Wade underwent Ossa TronTratment, a high energy shock wave system, on March 2008.
  16. Wade was part of victories U.S Basketball team dubbed as ‘Dream team’ or ‘Redeem Team,’ winning gold at 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
  17. On Mar 15, 2009 in a game against ‘Utah Jazz,’ Wade became the Heat’s all-time leading scorer. He scored 50 points with 10 rebounds and 9 assists in the game.
  18. He set a record by scoring 2000 points with 500 rebounds, 100 assists and 100 blocks in a season in 2009 to become the first player in NBA history to do so.He is also the first player with lesser height to register 100 blocks.
  19. On November 12, 2009 in a game against ‘Cleveland Cavaliers, Wade made a spectacular dung over 6 foot 11 inch Anderson Varejao said to be one of the greatest and top ten all-time.
  20. On July 07, 2010, Wade announced his intention of re-signing with Miami Heat. Earlier ‘Miami-Dade County’ Commissioners voted unanimously to rename the county for a week ‘Miami-Wade-County’ in his honor and to convince him to stay.
  21. On February 26, 2012, as a member of All-Star Team, Wade recoded triple double scores by posting 24ppg,10rpg and10apg. He is the third player to do so after Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
  22. Wade won his second NBA title with ‘Miami Heat defeating ‘Oklahoma City Thunder’ by 4-1 in the final. He averaged 22.6 points per game in the series.
  23. Wade missed 2012 Summer Olympic due to surgery of his left knee. He was back in time for league matches only to be suspended for a game. He kicked Ramon Sessions of ‘Charlotte Bobcats’ in the groin on December 26, 2012.
  24. He won his third NBA title after Heat defeated ‘San Antonio Spurs’ in the 2012-13 final by 4-3 for its second straight championship.
  25. On June 28, 2014, Wade along with James and Bosh opted out of remaining two years and US$ 41 million on his contract in hope of signing with same team for less money. On July 15, 2014 Wade re-signed with ‘Miami Heat.’
  26. The 2014-15 season was a disastrous for both Heat and Wade. He missed quite a few games due to hamstring injuries. The Heat finished the season with 37-45 win/loss record.
  27. On July 15, 2016, Wade signed with the ‘Chicago Bulls’ for a two years deal worth US$ 47.5 million. He felt that he was unwanted and unappreciated by Heat President Pat Riley.
  28. On October 27, 2016, Wade scored a three pointer with less than 30 seconds on the clock for a 105-99 points win over ‘Boston Celtics.’ He in sheer jubilation celebrated by pretending to slash his throat to signify Celtic’s loss. He was fined US$ 25,000.
  29. Wade first married his school girlfriend ‘SiohvaughnFunches’ in 2002, before divorcing her to marry actress ‘Gabrielle Union,’ on August 30, 2014.
  30. He has started a ‘The Wade’s World foundation in 2003 to provides support community based organization that promote education, health and social skills for children at risk situation.
  31. Dwyane Wade net worth: between $95 million and $115 million
     

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