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Driven by Fear After 21YO Son’s Birth, Dwyane Wade Shattered the Mirage of Tony Parker’s 1 Wish

Published 09/25/2023, 6:30 AM EDT

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Dwyane Wade was recently inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for his incredible achievements over the course of his career. During Wade’s induction, he had his family with him as well. Notably, his father, Dwyane Wade Sr., and son, Zaire Wade, took center stage when the Miami Heat legend received his iconic Hall of Fame jacket. Witnessing three generations of Wades together on one of his biggest days has made Tony Parker question his own decisions. However, it was not always easy for Wade.

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Wade Sr. was a major reason behind Wade’s success in the NBA. He pushed his son from a very young stage to be stronger and trained him as well. Also, Zaire was a crucial part of his father’s journey as well as he was born when the Hall of Famer was at the beginning of his career.

Dwyane Wade gives a reality check to Tony Parker


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Multiple legends of the game were part of the Hall of Fame: Class of 2023. Alongside Dwyane Wade, legends like Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, and Pau Gasol were also inducted. Interestingly, all four NBA legends recently sat down together for an episode of Parker’s show SKWEEK By Tony Parker. Also, soccer legend Thierry Henry who is a close friend of Parker also made an appearance.

During the sit-down, the legends discussed a variety of interesting topics. In one instance, Wade talked about his Hall of Fame enshrinement.


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The 3x NBA champion revealed that receiving the prestigious jacket from his father and son was a very special moment. He noted that he could not contain his excitement when the three generations of Wades took center stage. Hearing this, Parker disclosed his envy.

After stating that he wished his child was a little bigger like Zaire, the Fiery Francophile said that it was great to see the three generations together.

He then disclosed his one wish. Parker said, “That was my only wish that my kids can see me play. Because now they ask me a lot of questions. And I was always when I was younger, ‘I’ll do kids later.’ But when I saw you and I saw your kid and you did your sign.”

The San Antonio Spurs legend noted that it was really cool seeing Wade and his son do their handshake. Wade hilariously replied that it looks cool now, but it was not very cool when he had a child at 20.


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Dwyane Wade’s fear

D-Wade opened up about his fear of becoming a father at 20 a few years back.

According to a report from People, Wade said, “You’re afraid because you don’t want to mess up; you don’t want anything to happen to them.” 


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However, he also shared that he is “always scared” as a parent. After Zaire, Wade became the father of Zaya, Xavier Zechariah, and Kaavia James. Furthermore, he is also the guardian of his nephew Dahveon Morris.

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Written by:

Bagavathi Eswaran


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Bagavathi Eswaran is a senior NBA writer at EssentiallySports, with a strong passion for the sport that started at the young age of ten. As a former college player, Bagavathi has been following the NBA for more than a decade and has found his calling in writing about the sport. His expertise in covering the NBA, as well as other arenas of the sport, is evident in his writing.
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