>>Male presenter: Thank you, welcome to Google
in New York. [applause and cheering] Please welcome Dwyane Wade. [applause and cheering]>>Dwyane Wade: How ya doin’?>>presenter: Have a seat, yeah. [applause]>>Dwyane Wade: How y’all doin’? How y’all
doin’?>>voices in audience: Good, good.>>presenter: And welcome to Google.>>Dwyane Wade: Thank you.>>presenter: You’ve never been here before,
right?>>Dwyane Wade: No, I’ve never been here before
only been on the website. [laughter]>>presenter: Cool, cool. [laughter] Now we’re really, we’re really excited to
have you here today. There’s a lotta big fans. I myself I grew up on South Florida so I was
like an original Heat fan, like Rony Seikaly, [cheering] Glen Rice, all that stuff.>>Dwyane Wade: How many people here are from
Miami? [cheering]>>people in audience: Yeah, yeah.>>Dwyane Wade: Alright represented, we’ve
got a few. [laughter]>>presenter: But so I read, you have a new
book out this week and this is part of the [email protected] series and the memoir is called
A Father First and I thought we could talk a little about that today and your experience
and some of the stuff you discuss in that book. And I think, like many people in this room,
I and a lot of us knew you as the NBA final, the two time NBA champion, the NBA Finals
MVP, and the guy who took Marquette the Final Four and all that, but I think –>>Dwyane Wade: I’m still that person.>>presenter: Yeah. [laughter] I think that story which you definitely tell
in the book is sort of almost secondary to this other sort of set of tales about you.
This kid who grew up in a tough life in a rough part of Chicago and who learned to be,
learned he was going to be a father at 19 and I think that, that, do you feel like that’s
true that, that part of that story, the story of the guy who had to learn how to make all
these tough decisions very early and learn how to be a father and all that is the primary
story of the book?>>Dwyane Wade: Well, yeah, I think it would
have been easy for me to write a book about basketball but I also think y’all can Google
it. [chuckles] [laughter]>>presenter: Nice, nice. [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: That was so corny. [laughter] I didn’t even think about that one it just
came to me. [laughter] But no, I felt that if I was gonna go down
this path I wanted to write something that I felt was meaningful and I felt that can
help others in a sense. So I talked a lot about my childhood, I talked a lot about my
upbringin’. And I do a lot of foundation work so I know
kind of the same struggle that’s goin’ on in the inner city, kinda the same way I grew
up. So I see kids everyday that’s just like I was and goin’ through some of the same issues
that I went through. So I took this opportunity to kind of express that and talk about it
because when kids see me and I come and talk to them they see Dwyane Wade, the two time
NBA champion and all these accolades, but I don’t think they necessarily understand
that I was them and I remember being in that same seat and I remember bein’ told that I
wasn’t gonna be successful and I couldn’t do this and I couldn’t do that. So I thought I would take this time in this
book and kinda share those personal experiences through my life. And also the title of the
book is A Father First and it’s not necessarily directed to just fathers, I wanted to really
express to families that’s gonna through the same issues that I went through whether it’s
a divorce, or whether it’s the battle between the custody from the kids, and kinda just
share my experiences the negative and a positive of it and hopefully it can help someone look
at things in a different way or it can help them in some facets of their life so hopefully
I accomplished that. Oh a little basketball’s in there, too.>>presenter: Yeah, yeah, definitely. So why did you decide, I mean the book opens
with you getting full custody of Zion and Zaire –>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah.>>presenter: and so why did you decide that
you wanted to get this out there?>>Dwyane Wade: It just, I really don’t know.
I’ve never really thought that I was gonna write a book, I never thought I’d be an author
before I always looked at it as hard work, which it is –>>presenter: [laughs] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: but I just felt that I go through
everything in life for a reason. It’s some reason I went through this process for many,
many years and still going through it today. And I just know that a lotta guys especially
in my league, in the NBA, that come up to me had a lotta questions, gave ’em hope in
a sense. Before I got custody, I got appointed to the
Fatherhood Initiative from our President himself and to be seen in that field as bein’ someone
who can speak for fathers in a sense I just thought it was my duty and my job and obligation
to kind of share those experiences with others hopefully, like I said hopefully it can help
them, hopefully it can give them a different perspective –>>presenter: Um-hum.>>Dwyane Wade: on how to handle somethin’
because when I was goin’ through this custody battle, it was kinda like shootin’ in the
dark. You didn’t know what was gonna happen and where the ball’s gonna end up. So hopefully
if anybody’s gonna through the process they can kinda see, “Well, you know what this is
how D. Wade said he dealt with it, this is what he went through,” and they can see this
is how hard it’s supposed to be, this is as hard as it’s gonna be, just so many different
things so.>>presenter: Yeah. You describe yourself as
an introverted guy in the book but there are some very personal things that you share in
there. Were there parts of it that were difficult for you to sort of explain or put out there
and share with the world?>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah, I mean anytime you’re
talkin’ about your personal life in a sense is always difficult. I’ve had to live my life
under the microscope in a sense and it’s very public so a lot of things I didn’t want to
get out got out and I would love to deal with a lot of things behind closed doors but it’s
not the hand I was dealt. But I kept a lot out.>>presenter: Um-hum.>>Dwyane Wade: I like to tell people that
what you read in here is a little mild version of my life — [chuckles]>>presenter: [chuckles] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: especially the divorce and
the custody battle –>>presenter: Yeah.>>Dwyane Wade: it was hectic but, and at the
same time it was public so –>>presenter: Um-hum.>>Dwyane Wade: you can go find out that kind
of information. I didn’t wanna really get too much into it in the book.>>presenter: I mean there’s also some very
emotional stuff from when you were a kid growin’ up and some of the experiences with your family
and the relationships that you had with them. Do you think it was easier telling some of
the stories especially about your mom and stuff because it was also sort of a lessons
learned tale that you were telling?>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah, not easy but the lesson
learned tale made me really feel comfortable tellin’ it, but it’s still not easy today.
We was on The View the other day, my mom and my sister came, and we had a segment and my
mom was talkin’, I put my head down in there ’cause I almost lost it, I almost went in
tears. And it’s kinda sometimes like I’m lookin’ at someone else’s life when I hear about it
or when I think about it it’s kind of like that’s not my life, that wasn’t me. But it
was me. So some of those emotions, some of those memories come back in a sense so writin’
this book was like my therapy, it was kind of therapeutic –>>presenter: Um-hum.>>Dwyane Wade: in a sense. So it’s like bein’
in a dark room and talkin’ to my writer about my life. And I remember so much, like it started
coming back and I remember things like it was yesterday as well so it was very, very
therapeutic.>>presenter: Yeah. The subtitle of the book
is How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball and that came from something that your mother
used to say to you.>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah, she’s always, she know
I loved basketball, she know I wanted to be a basketball player but she didn’t want that
to be my only dream. But she always told me, “Son, you life,” she still tell me this day,
“Your life is bigger than basketball, your life is bigger than basketball.” I never understood
it then ’cause when you’re a kid you’re like, “No, I’m gonna play basketball.” And that’s
— [laughter] that’s what I would do. But I lied I was like,
“Yeah, mom I wanna be a doctor — [laughter] is that good?” But I didn’t wanna be a doctor. [laughter]>>presenter: [laughs]>>Dwyane Wade: [chuckles]>>presenter: One of the things you talk about
in there is with your two sons and your nephew is man time and man talks right –>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah.>>presenter: where you have like these serious
conversations about important things with them.>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah.>>presenter: And how important is that in
your relationship with them?>>Dwyane Wade: Well it’s very important to
give them their time together and apart. Like I said I had to learn this stuff too, takin’
parenting classes, my kids are in therapy as well, going and sit down with them in therapy
sessions and tryin’ to learn about them not thinkin’ that just because I was a kid once
and now I’m an adult, I have all the answers. So I understand that man time for them is
very important because they want it every day. “Like I gotta go to a game. You all want
man time now?” So they want it all the time but it’s good that they like to hang with
me that way and it’s not always just fun sometimes we sit across from each other, and one day
it was rainin’ so it was like okay we couldn’t go out so I put like a table in my room with
chairs all around it, had everybody name on the chair, had questions for everybody written
down on note cards that we asked each other. And I was sittin’ there and it was like real
life questions and I want them to know they can, I’m an open book they can come to me
about anything and I want them to feel comfortable about comin’ to me about stuff but I also
ask them questions, the tough questions and I wanna be able to answer it for ’em. So that’s
one thing that consists of man time, it consists of obviously doin’ fun things.>>presenter: Yeah.>>Dwyane Wade: My kids are they’re simple
in a sense like my youngest son if I put him in the car on the expressway and drop the
top and we rollin’, he great, that’s amazing. [laughter] He like, “Faster, faster.” [laughter] I’m like, “I don’t wanna get pulled over but,”
–>>presenter: [chuckles] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: but, so I got to drop the top
to make it seem like we goin’ real fast and he’s like lovin’ it. So it’s like certain
things is just to me when we spend time together and no one else is involved in that moment.>>presenter: Yeah. Are there things that you
feel like you haven’t been ready to explain to them yet that they’ve kind of come to you
with the man talks?>>Dwyane Wade: Not really, I mean, like I
said I’m pretty honest with ’em. I think it’s things that they not ready to ask me yet.>>presenter: Yeah.>>Dwyane Wade: Most anything I don’t think
they still tryin’ to make sure they get as comfortable as possible to be able to open
up in a sense. They still a little guarded on certain things. It’s tough for them, they
goin’ through things that I’ve never been through so I tell my oldest son, “You know
what I don’t know what you goin’ through. I’ve never been the son of a quote unquote
celebrity basketball player and all the stuff that he go through. If I have a bad game he
gonna hear about it in school. The kids gonna talk about his dad. So I don’t know how to
–>>presenter: Yeah.>>Dwyane Wade: When I grew up everybody Dad
sucked, it was — [laughter] it was [chuckles] [laughter] it was the way of the world. [chuckles]>>presenter: [chuckles] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: and so it’s a lot different
[chuckles] [laughter] different now. But so it’s tough, it’s tough
man, he deals with a lot of emotions that I’ve never had to deal with and that I don’t
really understand and I’m tryin’ to teach him how to handle things in a certain way,
so.>>presenter: Do you ever worry about that
they’ll have a strange perspective on the world that’s, because, I mean their life is
so different than yours was when you were that age and there is a difference between
being the son of a famous person. Do you ever worry about that perspective?>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah, I worry about it a lot.
Everybody so much when you’re young and you get older you start thinkin’ about your family,
you wanna give your family everything you didn’t have and so I worry about givin’ ’em
too much, they might not have the work ethic that they need to be successful. I mean, they
not gonna live off my money ’cause I’m gonna retire and live off my money — [laughter] so I think about all these things. It’s not
necessary, it’s not easy and everyone in the world thinks that, “Well, I know it might
not be easy but just give me that money and I’ll make it work.” That big and small, more
money, more problem stuff –>>presenter: Um-hum.>>Dwyane Wade: that, it makes it a little
harder. I think my parents, I think it was very simple to be my parents. We don’t have
anything so you don’t get anything. [laughter] Sounds simple enough to me. [laughter] [chuckles] And I understood that. But it’s
tough but, like I said, I’m still learnin’ and only thing I can hope is that I always
say I’m raisin’ future leaders. My son is 10, my oldest son is 10, Zaire, Zion is 5,
and my nephew Dahveon who lives with us as well he’s turnin’ 11 next week, so I’m raisin’
these future leaders of the world and I gotta try to do my best job that I can to hopefully
raise ’em to be better men than me.>>presenter: Yeah. And Zaire likes to play
basketball, right?>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah, it’s just sickening. [laughter]>>presenter: So you said in the book that
you made this deal with him when he was nine that he could play but he had to play for
fun only –>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah.>>presenter: like he had to play because he
wanted to be having fun.>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah,.>>presenter: Do you think that that’s going,
I mean in the book you talk about how you like to play for fun but there are times when
you’re not, you’re clearly not playing just for the fun of it –>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah.>>presenter: you’re fiercely competitive.>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah.>>presenter: Do you feel like you worry about
that with him, like do you feel like that’s goin’ well?>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah, I got double, it’s like
I got double standards.>>presenter: [chuckles] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: I’m tellin’ him just to play
for fun and like leave the refs alone and don’t have an attitude out there and I know
he’s like, “Dad, I watch you play — [laughter] and like what are you talkin’ about?” [laughter] So, but I do this, I told him I don’t want
no pressure, I don’t want him to put pressure on himself because it comes with bein’ my
son. So automatically everyone he plays basketball with is, on one hand, they’re gonna come after
him. On the second hand, they expect him to be this amazing player. But if he wants to play this sport I want
him to play it because he enjoy playin’ it, he havin’ fun. I mean, he’s in fifth grade
now, I mean, you’re not workin’, you’re not makin’ no money off this –>>presenter: [chuckles] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: so why stress yourself.>>presenter: [laughs] [laughter] So I mean I’m payin’ all the bills I ain’t
get no help.>>presenter: [laughs] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: So I just try to tell him that.
He had an episode one time where he, and this was the moment where I became that dad. I
always thought I was gonna be the cool dad and sit in the crowd with my head low and
sit in the back. And then this moment I became that father ’cause he was out there, man,
and everything he was havin’ an emotion day. It was a girl that he likes, she was a cheerleader
at the game, so first game cheerleadin’ so he was, he didn’t know how to act. [laughter] [chuckles] His little brother, Zion, had kicked
him the groin so his groin was hurtin’ from the night before — [laughter] my dad, everybody was at the game, my dad,
the whole family was there so that’s another emotion. So he out there, every time a call
is called he runnin’ to the ref. The coach say somethin’ to him he talkin’ back and he’s
just not playin’ so I stand up in the middle of the game: “Zaire!” I never thought I’d
be that dad.>>presenter: Yeah. [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: I calmed myself but then I
went to talk to him at half time, “Hey, you wanna got get in the car? You wanna go? ‘Cause
you not doin’ what we say you’re gonna do. Second half he came out he was back to his
dancin’ ways and –>>presenter: [chuckles] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: and playin’ — [laughter] doin’ all those things. [laughter]>>presenter: When –>>Dwyane Wade: [chuckles]>>presenter: when you were in school you talk
about your sister used to push you academically and I know that Coach Crean pushed you to
finish strong in school even though you left early. But do you ever talk to your kids about
how you didn’t finish, how you decided to go pro early? And what is your perspective
on the whole going pro early I mean is it purely an economic decision or?>>Dwyane Wade: I haven’t, I haven’t really
gotten to that conversation with them yet about me leavin’ early. For me, the decision,
I think everyone has a different reason why. Some people are just, they’re so good, they’re
so ready. It’s time for them to go to the next level. For me, I felt that I was ready to go but,
and then, I talk about this a lot. Financially, I was strugglin’. At the time I married, I
was 20, 21, 20 years old, married with a child that ate a lot and — [laughter] needed a lot — [laughter] and I was makin’ $220 a month. It was rough.
And so it came to the point where I was like, “I love college basketball, I would love to
get my degree right now, but I have to do what’s best for my family and these stomach
rumblins’, it’s not workin’.” So I had to take my, I had to go to the next level and
take a chance. So everyone has their own journey and their own path to the reasons why they
have to do that.>>presenter: Um-hum. Professional athletes
have this, have a pretty bad stigma when it comes to being fathers and fatherhood and
you talk about, that’s one of the things you mention in there. Do you think that that portrayal
is fair broadly?>>Dwyane Wade: I think, I think it’s fair
in a sense the one’s that they focus on. I think just as much negative, just as much
as we focus on negative just as much positive. So I don’t think it’s just professional athletes.
I mean, my dad was a professional athlete and he wasn’t around for the first eight or
nine years of my life then he eventually became a part of it. So a lot of fathers out here, it’s no secret
about it, that for whatever reason they have left not even the home but they left their
responsibilities. But professional athletes anything we do is gonna get a little bit more
and rightfully so.>>presenter: Um-hum.>>Dwyane Wade: So I think it’s a lot of great
fathers as well and I think that’s one of the reasons that I wrote this book as well
to kind of shed light on those positive fathers out there. Goin’ through this process I get
it, I get situations why certain dads are not in the house, let me just say that now.
It wasn’t me, I wasn’t gonna stop fightin’ but it’s not easy from a situation that I
dealt with where really tryin’ to push me out and really tryin’ to make it impossible
for me to become a father to my kids. So I understand certain fathers to move on, but
I don’t accept it, I’m not sayin’ that’s what you should do, but I get it.>>presenter: Um-hum. There’s a funny anecdote
in there about your kids are out playin’ basketball and they’re callin’ each other Lebron, right? [laughter] And you were kind of like — [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: It’s crazy. No matter what
you do –>>presenter: [chuckles]>>Dwyane Wade: no matter what you do somebody
[chuckles] yeah, they, I mean they like me they — [laughter] I’m one of their top players — [laughter] but it’s, they got they favorite players –>>presenter: Yeah.>>Dwyane Wade: and everyone does. [chuckles]>>presenter: But do they like know, is the
team a part of your life with the kids.>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah, yeah, they yeah. All
of our, we have a family atmosphere in Miami so all of our kids are friends of each other’s
and they play. Like, if anybody ever really like focused, if they did a reality show a
day on the kids of the Miami Heat players, they would see that they only watch the first
half of the game, they never around for the second half of the game because they be upstairs
on the basketball court playing they own game. [laughter] Me and my kids have to make a deal like, “You
gotta watch at least two quarters.”>>presenter: [chuckles]>>Dwyane Wade: So they are very close, they
are very close to everyone on the team. Kids love guys that can fly and can do amazing
things in the air. So Lebron James is that guy that does all those amazing things, so
he’s a favorite. But now he’s gettin’ pushed over a little bit ’cause KD is now become
the favorite in my house. So we got to the finals and I’m like, “So who you rooting for?” [laughter]>>[laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: [chuckles] They’s like, “Dad
it’s gonna be tough.” [laughter] It’s crazy.>>presenter: Because you guys are, you say
in there that you guys are pretty close right now on the team, there’s a family atmosphere,
like you said, down there, do you feel like this championship was any different from the
last one?>>Dwyane Wade: It is different, obviously
it’s a different –>>presenter: Yeah.>>Dwyane Wade: total different team –>>presenter: Um-hum.>>Dwyane Wade: from the standpoint of what
we’ve dealt with. When Shaq came to Miami, it was a love fest –>>presenter: Um-hum.>>Dwyane Wade: everybody loves Shaq and the
Miami Heat and that team and we was able to win the championship. That was my third year
in the league and I was like still young and just excited and felt on top of the world
and untouchable and then reality set in. [chuckles] And then, now winnin’ this one. It took me
six years from then to win another championship and I’ve just been through so much in my own
personal life. And a lot of guys on the team, besides me
and Udonis who won in ’06, no one else has won a championship that we had on our team
so we had a lot of guys that really was humbled by this game. And so this one meant a lot more for me because
of everything I’ve been through. When you go through, I had three surgeries in between
the time where I had shoulder surgery that took me out for awhile, actually two knee
surgeries or whatever, and divorce, custody, lawsuits, everything I’ve dealt with since
these six years’ span and to finally win it it was kinda like just thank God that I’ve
stuck with it and that I believed in my ability, I believed in me but I continue to work because
I was written off so many times since then and just kept fightin’.>>presenter: Um-hum. So since you are at Google,
I thought we’d talk a little bit about technology and the Web. You’re one of the 50 most followed
profiles on Google+ right now, I think you have two million followers or somethin’ and
you have millions of fans that follow you on other social networks: Facebook, Twitter.
How do you follow, how do you use your social media? What’s the role that it plays for you
right now?>>Dwyane Wade: Well, I use it so many different
ways. I mean social media’s a good thing and a bad thing ’cause you really have no private
life. [laughter] But I think it’s a good thing first of all
’cause you really get to connect one on one you get to connect. Me and you can connect
just on Twitter and you can really feel like you know him and I know you, we might not
never meet. How you doin’? [laughter] But I think I use it in so many different
ways to express myself from a standpoint of people really getting’ to know who I am. And
obviously I talk about a lot of things that I’m gettin’ involved in and I’m doin’ whether
it’s Foundation, whether it’s me showin’ up to a book signin’ somewhere, me endorsin’
a product and wantin’ people to try it out and do these things. I do so much but I talk
about my kids a lot, you see I have fun on there, with my fans I try to have fun on there
as much as possible. I mean I get talked about a lot on Twitter so –>>presenter: Yeah.>>Dwyane Wade: it’s not easy to read all the
comments but I try to make light of it. Someone say somethin’ negative I say, “You need a
hug?” [laughter] “It’s not my fault you’re angry.” [laughter] So, but I enjoy it, I’m amazed that that many
people will follow me and wanna know anything about me. I’ve never thought that someday
roughly all these millions of people gonna wanna know that my life is that interesting,
I don’t think it is, but I guess somebody does.>>presenter: Yeah. When you, I mean, a lot
of this stuff is pretty recent, when you started in the league this stuff didn’t exist>>Dwyane Wade: No.>>presenter: So I’m curious to get your perspective
on has all this stuff changed the sort of public life of a star professional athlete?>>Dwyane Wade: No question it has. I mean
this is a different time for professional athletes. It’s like I said some symbolism,
everyone know where you at at all, well not, it’s not always accurate because I’ve been
in Miami and somebody Twitted all the pictures, “Ah I just seen D. Wade.” It was the back
of somebody’s head it was back in Tennessee somewhere. I’m like, “I’m not out there.”>>presenter: [laughs] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: But for the majority of the
time most people know where you at.>>presenter: Um-hum.>>Dwyane Wade: You can walk by and say, “Oh
I just seen D. Wade at walkin’ into, walkin’ down the street with his young, what color’s
that, is that teal? Is that teal? Walkin’ down the street with this lady with curly
hair with a teal shirt and took a picture of us backing in lookin’ like we goin’ into
a hotel but we’re really comin’ to Google.>>presenter: [chuckles] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: It’s [chuckles] — [laughter] [chuckles] That’s the way the world is so
— [laughter] it’s the privacy is really, you really have
no privacy at all.>>presenter: Yeah.>>Dwyane Wade: And so.>>presenter: Well, so there’s the privacy
aspect right and then there’s the other aspect right which is you have this instant communication
platform to every fan, journalists, whoever.>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah.>>presenter: So you have these younger guys
who are comin’ like you that are pretty young when they’re comin’ into the league and now
they have, they can just talk to a million people by –>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah.>>presenter: the push of a button. Do the
more veteran guys see that as liability or like a concern for the team dynamic?>>Dwyane Wade: It could be dependin’ on the
young guy comin’ in.>>presenter: Yeah.>>Dwyane Wade: You had a, if anybody had,
if Michael Beasley, Mario Chalmers and those guys when they was rookies when they came
in together, if social media was big then oh, we would have been in trouble.>>presenter: [laughs] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: Those rookies right there was
terrible. [laughter] We would have been in trouble. So I guess
it just depends on the rookies that come in if they mature or not so, yeah.>>presenter: Yeah.>>Dwyane Wade: They’s bad. [laughter]>>presenter: So I mean this is going to be
a central part of your kids’ lives as they get older but do you worry about them getting
exposed? You talked a little bit about them getting hassled in class right but like if
they set up a Twitter account or something like and they’re young do you worry about
them getting exposed in this sort of social media world to all kinds of stuff that you
wouldn’t be comfortable with?>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah, I mean I can’t imagine
bein’ a kid and growin’ up in this time. The world is so different from obviously when
even when I was growin’ up and I couldn’t imagine. Only thing I could try to do is continue
to tell ’em right from wrong and hopefully they continue to abide by the rules and things
that I’m tellin’ ’em what’s right. And I know there’s gonna be times come up when they gonna
do things that I’m not gonna approve of and hopefully they learn from their mistake that
they’re making and they continue to grow from it. My kids haven’t asked me yet for a Twitter
handle yet, they haven’t asked me for to be on Facebook and stuff yet so and they only
10 so hopefully I can hold out a little longer. If I had a conversation it’s gonna be quick
it’s gonna be like, “No.”>>presenter: [laughs]>>Dwyane Wade: It’s gonna be very quick. [laughter] But I don’t really wanna have that conversation
right now so they haven’t asked for it yet so we still in the phone and BBMin’ and all
that stuff, they still cook with that so I don’t wanna go through somethin’ and see a
Z. Wade Twitter handle and Zaire takin’ a picture in his own bedroom.>>presenter: Yeah. [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: They gonna do stuff like that,
like they gonna try to be sneaky but it’s gonna be a picture of them in they bathroom
as you might– [laughter] that’s in the house, I know that’s your page.
[chuckles]>>presenter: [laughs] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: No one else has been in here
so –>>presenter: [chuckles] [laughter] You mention that your kids watch YouTube all
the time and you call Zaire the king of all media in the book.>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah.>>presenter: I know you have a channel on
YouTube also. Do you have any favorite videos or channels that you watch?>>Dwyane Wade: You know what, like I said
Zaire is, he’s the king of watchin’ YouTube, him and my nephew watch YouTube, Zaire really
he gets up early just to watch YouTube before he goes to school. [laughter] It’s a problem like — [laughter] it’s seriously a problem. I think it still
be dark outside, like early in the sixes and he gets up and he dresses real fast, he might
forget to brush his teeth, brush his hair, but he’s gonna get on YouTube — [laughter] and he’s gonna watch videos, he gonna watch
all this stuff and it excites him. Me, I mean, I don’t know I go as the wind blow, sometime
I’m on it often and sometime I’m not on it at all so I’m late on a lot of things.>>presenter: Yeah. In the book you talk about
how when you were growin’ up some of your new school clothes were clothes that had been
left at the local Laundromat right that’s what used to –>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah, I used to get some nice
things out of the Laundromat. [laughter] That’s nice. [laughter]>>presenter: Now you’ve been named the NBA’s
best dressed player and somebody told me that you’re good friends with Anna Wintour and
–>>Dwyane Wade: Oh, Anna.>>presenter: and first of all, what? [laughter] But also — [laughter] do you ever think about,”How did I get from
from A to B on that?”>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah, I have no idea how –>>presenter: [chuckles]>>Dwyane Wade: how that happened. I got a
great team around me that’s all, they push me, they made Anna be friends with me, I think. [laughter]
No it’s been cool. I think as a kid I’ve always loved the thought of dressin’ up. I wasn’t
able to do it my whole life but I used to say I used to see my dad, my dad used to work
and he delivered pretty much delivered boxes, he might have had a sexy title for it but
the man delivered boxes to other companies, that’s what he did. But he used to dress up on every Friday. I
used to have to get up and iron his clothes so I know he used to dress up every Friday.
And I used to see that and I used to be like, “Well, one day when I got to work this is
how I wanna go to work.” So my thought of dressin’ up came from that and then just goin’
through life and now you startin’ to feel who you are and see what you like and I got
into a great situation with my stylist where she kind of like pushed me out of my comfort
zone in a sense. I still get flak, and my sister not here but she always give me flak
about what I’m wearin’ cause she like we wear the same stuff like — [laughter] like, “Your pants are red, I got the same
pants on.”>>presenter: [laughs] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: So like but like she’s pushed
me and now I’m just comfortable. If anybody seen me on Letterman the other night I had
on this bright yellow jacket, it was like the seat covers right there and I wasn’t comfortable
in it but she was like, “Come on you’re gonna look good. I mean you gotta put it on.” And
I was like, “Forget it.” And I walked out there with as much confidence as possible
and hopefully I didn’t get murdered for wearin’ the yellow jacket. But it actually didn’t
look too bad once I kept watchin’ it. [laughter]>>presenter: [laughs]>>Dwyane Wade: My business manager she told
me she couldn’t hear the first half of the interview because of my jacket was so loud. [laughter] But it worked and when I walked out David
was like, “Is that yellow?” I was like, “Yes.” [chuckles]>>presenter: [laughs]>>Dwyane Wade: So I enjoy it and havin’ the
opportunity. Last night I went out to Fashion Night Out and last year was my first year
here and I couldn’t believe how many people was so excited about Fashion Night Out and
it was like a big concert goin’ on, it was like everything in one, it was like everything
like so many people on the street you can’t drive nowhere. So last night really bein’
a part of goin’ to the Calvin Klein and bein’ a part of the Calvin Klein Collection and
sittin’ next to Anna Wintour signin’ my book and signin’ the Vogue Magazine was kind of
like a cool moment. I just think about how far I came to be here so fast so like I said,
I mean, we must have somethin’ on Anna, I don’t know what it is –>>presenter: [laughs]>>Dwyane Wade: but it’s good to have a great
relationship with someone who’s a legend and respected so much the way she is.>>presenter: Yeah, yeah, definitely.>>Dwyane Wade: She’s nice to me, I don’t know
about everybody else.>>presenter: [laughs] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: I seen September, too, and
I was like, “What, I don’t know about this one.” But now she’s very nice to me so.>>presenter: That’s cool.>>Dwyane Wade: Thought I’d add that.>>presenter: Yeah. [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: [laughs]>>presenter: Let’s talk about, I have just
a couple last questions here and then we’ll open it up to everybody here about the future
for you. So where do you picture yourself right now in 10 years?>>Dwyane Wade: Well, I won’t be playin’ hopefully.
I’ll be 40 so hopefully I’ll be retired. And hopefully that all the opportunities that
are being created now, there’s so many doors that I’m so blessed to be able to walk through
hopefully I’ll continue to find my niche of what I wanna do next. Like I said I got so many, I got too many
things that I’m tryin’ to do right now. But I think this is the right time for me to figure
out what’s next for Dwyane Wade even though I still wanna play at least another seven
years. I think that’d be good in an ideal, perfect world and then after that I can start
stalking my kids. [laughter] I told Zaire I was like, cause I always tell
him, “Y’all gettin’ out of my house one day.” I be like, “Eight years, you outta here son.”
But so then I told him I said, “Once you go to college I’m gonna buy an apartment right
by your dorm room.”>>presenter: [laughs] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: “I’m gonna [chuckles] I’m gonna
live through you.” [laughter] So I’ll just hopefully move into the next
phase of my life and –>>presenter: Um-hum.>>Dwyane Wade: do somethin’ that I again enjoy
doin’ and but also spend a lot of time with my kids. Zion at the time will be, like, if
I retire when I want to will be like 12 years old –>>presenter: Um-hum.>>Dwyane Wade: really gettin’ into the meat
of his goin’ to high school soon so it’ll be kinda cool.>>presenter: Yeah. You mentioned in there
that Shaq was one of the people who really introduced you to the world of like being
–>>Dwyane Wade: Silly.>>presenter: young, like, but yeah, yeah,
but also being a brand or like being a personality beyond –>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah.>>presenter: the game.>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah.>>presenter: Like to you feel like that has
started you on that trajectory to get ready for some post-game stuff, too?>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah, it was great havin’ Shaq
at the time when I did. It kind of helped me come out of my shell. We would have not
been able to do this interview years ago, no way possible. I’d have been lookin’ at
that clock nervous, sweatin’ like, “I got an hour?”>>presenter: [chuckles] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: It’s no way I’d of been able
to sit up here. But so kind of bein’ around him kind of helped open me up a little bit.
He came along, he coined me Flash at the time and kinda gave me a different person to be.
So I really fed into it, like I really was Flash on the basketball court, like don’t
call me Dwyane. I am Flash.>>presenter: [laughs]>>Dwyane Wade: That’s weird. [laughter] But so it really was big and I think it just
opened me up to people to really see who I am and me to see who I am in a sense and not
be the introvert kid that I was when I was young.>>presenter: Yeah. Again goin’ to the 10 year,
15 year range like what is the thing that you most want for your kids when they get
to that age? Like what is the thing that you wanna make sure is just right with them?>>Dwyane Wade: Well, I mean to me obviously
I think I want them to have an unbelievable education, I want them to kind of have their
vision and their dreams of who they think they wanna become. I’m a big believer in dream
big and vision boards and all that, I’m a big believer in that. It’s puttin’ down what
you wanna be, who you wanna be and it’s no problem with workin’ towards that. And if
somethin’ steer you in a different direction then you take that road, but you need to have
a vision. So hopefully around that time they, I’m payin’ a lot for their education, seriously
it’s like college, like college fund and my son’s five years old, it’s like it’s a lot
of money. So it better work out.>>presenter: Yeah. [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: So but hopefully on my end
it’s just make sure that I take care of my responsibility, my job, to make sure that
they don’t have the concern, if they can’t right away find out what they wanna do or
find a niche that they have enough security –>>presenter: Um-hum.>>Dwyane Wade: to fall back on.>>presenter: Yeah. Alright cool, so let’s
open it up, there’s two microphones, I think, so for questions just line up and we’ll just
alternate back and forth. [pause] You’re first [ indistinct ], you wanna go
for it?>>male #1: Hey D. Wade, a big fan. So like
you’re like the father of style in the NBA and you actually pull it off. What are your
thoughts on like Russell Westbook and Kevin Durant showing up — [laughter] like clowns?>>Dwyane Wade: Thank you, I appreciate that.
So what’s you’re sayin’, they don’t pull it off? [laughter]>>male #1: Have you seen [unintelligible]? [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: I am not the one to judge. [laughter] But it’s not for me, I couldn’t do it but
he’s what he’s got and he’s getting everyone’s attention. I get a question about Russell
Westbrook fashion every time I’m do somethin’ about fashion. So he’s doin’ his job of gettin’
out there, so it works. But I don’t think you would look good in it — [laughter] and [chuckles] and I don’t think I would look
good in it. [laughter] So [chuckles]>>female #1: Hey there.>>Dwyane Wade: How ya doin’?>>female #1: Sara, huge fan as well from Miami.
I grew up down there and I’d just love to get your perspective on what it’s been like
raising your sons in Miami. People always ask me, I’ve been in New York for five years
now, “Are you ever gonna move back down?” It’s always something I’ve considered but
I’d love to hear what you think.>>Dwyane Wade: Are you gonna move back down?>>female #1: Maybe, maybe.>>Dwyane Wade: I just thought I outta add
to the people.>>female #1: [laughs] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: ‘Cause when you retell the
story you be like, “Yeah D. Wade be askin’ me if I’m gonna move back down.”>>presenter: [chuckles] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: “People are always askin’ me.” [laughter] I do that all the time, I name drop. [laughter] [chuckles] I think my kids rather enjoy livin’
in Miami. I mean you think about obviously everyone knows that it’s the Sunshine State
so they enjoy the ability to be able to go out and do many different activities outside,
they don’t have to go through the winters, those tough winters like in Chicago where
they kinda grew up in a sense. So I think they like it, I think they like
how every day, I remember goin’ through the season where we won 15 games but no matter
what when I woke up and looked outside and went outside I was like, “Ah, it’s not that
bad.” I think they like wakin’ up to it’s not that bad kinda feeling ’cause when you’re
growin’ up in Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, and all those places it’s kinda like, “Man,
it’s another day?” [laughter] And you look out the window you like, “This
sucks.” [laughter] So I think [chuckles] I think they like wakin’
up and and like, “Ah, let’s go get it. Let’s go to school.” It’s cool.>>presenter: Nice.>>female #1: Thanks.>>presenter: Okay.>>male #2: Hey, I’m Aaron. If you’re the most
stylish guy on the team who’s the least stylish guy? [laughter] [pause] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: Let me think, let me think.
Do, do, do, do, do, do do. Oh Joe Anthony. [laughter] He’s terrible, he’s terrible, he’s terrible. [laughter] There’s no help for him either so. [laughter] ‘Cause he’s cheap, ’cause he’s cheap, he’s
not gonna spend no money so –>>presenter: [laughs] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah and we got, so Joel Anthony
and James Jones. James Jones is, he [chuckles] is, I love him he’s one of the best teammates
I ever had, one of the funniest guys ever. But if we go on a two week road trip you’d
be lucky to get two pair of jeans outta him — [laughter] and more than two polos. Like he keeps it
simple as it get. He’s gonna pack one pair of shoes, he gonna pack two pairs of jeans,
and two polos and that’s gonna be two weeks. [laughter] It’s like you didn’t think you gonna go eat
–>>presenter: [chuckles]>>Dwyane Wade: or, doesn’t care. [laughter]>>male #2: You gonna help him out or no?>>Dwyane Wade: No, he’s not spendin’ no money. [laughter] You gotta, it’s an investment to dress nice,
it’s very expensive now days and J.J. like, “For what?”>>presenter: [laughs] [laughter] “I’m married with like five kids nobody wanna
look at me.” [laughs] [laughter] So I love him, it’s hilarious. So we gotta
a couple guys who don’t really get into the dressin’. They like to see what we wear and
that’s about it.>>male #2: Thanks.>>Dwyane Wade: Hopefully J.J. don’t really
hear me. You can’t tell him what I said. [laughter]>>male #3: Hey, D. Wade, [ indistinct ]. So
lots been said about Heat for the past two seasons but you’ve been totally cool in media
I mean is it just you’re a good actor or you just don’t care about what media says?>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah, I don’t. I’m not gonna
say I don’t care, I do care, I’m not immune to it, but you can’t really let it consume
your life in whatever you decide to do. And I get talked about obviously with my fashion,
I get talked about when I don’t perform the right way, but no one can be as hard on me
as I can be on myself. So yes it’s a part of the job and it’s unfortunate
that media does that but. Now I think one thing that’s great with social network is
you can kinda control your own in a sense and you can beat ’em to it, [chuckles] to
beat ’em to the punch. So it’s a part of it and it’s not meant for everybody to deal with
it, to handle it so I think that we do a good job of try and handle the best way possible.>>male #3: Thank you.>>presenter: Over here.>>male #4: Hi. When a lot of us were growin’
up our parents are always embarrassing us, we’re very embarrassed of ’em. So I was wondering,
as a celebrity, do find that your kids are embarrassed of you at times and of your friends,
your friends’ kids?>>Dwyane Wade: Good question. They haven’t
told me yet — [laughter] but I’m sure there been a few times I ain’t
performed right they’ve been like, “Man oh –>>presenter: [chuckles]>>Dwyane Wade: I don’t really wanna go to
school,” [laughter] ’cause they gonna hear it. But I think it’s
gonna hurt me when the day comes that I’m not the cool dad no more. It’s kinda comin’
soon ’cause they already tellin’ me that so, but they don’t really mean it yet, I think
so. [laughter] So, but yeah, it’s a time where you kinda
get away from, you grow out of it in a sense, so it’s gonna hurt me when I can’t, I mean,
now I like kissin’ my kids on the forehead, there’s gonna become a time when they not
gonna be havin’ it no more. [laughter] And that’s my boys, man, so it’s gonna hurt.
I’m gettin’ emotional –>>presenter: [chuckles] [laughter] thinkin’ about it.>>male #5: So Ryan, I lived in Miami for 20
years and I was at game three in 2006 when the Heat were down by 12 points and –>>Dwyane Wade: 13, go ahead, go ahead.>>male #5: 13, sorry, sorry. [laughter]>>presenter: [laughs]>>male #5: 13.>>Dwyane Wade: That’s fine.>>male #5: Anyways and you took over the game
and even from before that I was a big fan. But my real question is more about fatherhood.
So I have a five year old as well and I’ve found that when I first became a father I
had this concept that I was gonna be his teacher and that I was gonna be the one teachin’ him
everything, but the more he gets older and the more I get mature basically I’ve realized
that he is more my teacher. So I was wonderin’ if you feel like the same way?>>Dwyane Wade: You hit it right on the, you
hit it right on the head. I talk about it in my book, there’s a passage in there where
I talk about learnin’ from my kids. I’m learnin’ how to be a father, I’m learnin’ how to be
a parent from them, they teach me every day. And you guys see I like to make light of a
lot of situations, but it’s seriously I took parenting classes, like I said I go to their
therapy sessions, and it’s times where situations come up I have no idea how to handle it. But
I’m learnin’ from my kid, the personality that he has, I’m learnin’ from his history
of how much trouble has he got in before, so I’m learnin’ from them how to handle these
situations. So I learn so much, just as much as they gonna
learn from me, it’s the same as I’m gonna learn from them. And I always tell them when
we together I’m like, “Hey, we learnin’ on the fly together.” And that’s just the way
it is. There’s no guidebook to tell you how to be the perfect parent or perfect father
or tell you exactly how to handle every situation that comes up. Sometimes you gotta go off your gut and we’re
gonna be wrong sometime and hopefully they understand that and we gonna be right sometimes.
So I’m glad to hear that you have that mentality because that’s exactly what I said in the
book. But some parents don’t have that mindset.>>male #5: Yeah. Thanks.>>Dwyane Wade: Thank you.>>male #6: So I was actually sitting here
listening to you and I realized that we got a lot in common, like we absolutely love our
family, we love our children, and then I said also we love basketball. Who’s better, that’s
still debatable. [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: [laughs] [laughter]>>male #6: But on a serious note, do you feel
any pressure with bringing your children up in, if they say they love basketball do you
push ’em in that direction or do you try to let them figure out what they wanna do?>>Dwyane Wade: You know what I’m gonna come
back to that other part. [laughter] I’m gonna answer your question first. I’m just that person that just believe that
whatever they wanna do I’m gonna support and obviously they wanna play basketball, it’s
something that we can share together, but it’s nothin’ that I would push them towards.
When you tell me this is seriously what you wanna do I will make sure that you have all
resources you need to be able to do it. But I’m all about somethin’ else. Like my youngest, Zion, he’s played, he likes
soccer. Even though he quit last year he’s back on the team this year. And I’m like,
“Ooh cool.” So now I’m tryin’ to learn more about soccer, I wanna get into soccer more.
So they gonna be they own man and they gonna have they own idea of what they wanna do,
and I applaud that and I celebrate that and I want them to be that. Now back to — [laughter] back to the basketball thing. I love your
confidence, that’s all I’m sayin’.>>presenter: [laughs] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: Anybody watch Love & Hip Hop
in here?>>voice in audience: Oh yeah.>>Dwyane Wade: Y’all watch that crazy show?
Don’t he kinda look like the guy that’s on — [laughter] is married to the rapper, the girl who raps,
the good couple, the good couple?>>voices in audience: Yeah, yeah. [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah, the good couple. [laughter] Kinda looks like him. [laughter]>>presenter: [laughs] That could be him, that
could be him. [laughter] Let’s go over here.>>male #7: Hey, D. Wade.>>Dwyane Wade: Did you say that was a good
show? Man.>>male #7: Hi, huge NBA fan here.>>Dwyane Wade: Thank you.>>male #7: I was just wondering what do you
think about the current era? Obviously like when you guys came in 2003 that was an amazing
year in terms of the talent in the draft, but then there’s been several other years
where it was just incredible players.>>Dwyane Wade: Yeah.>>male #6: Where do you think this current
era is in terms of the history of the NBA, is it like a golden era, the talent, the teams,
the competition?>>Dwyane Wade: Well I think that obviously
I believe that 2003 was that year was a great time for the NBA. I kinda felt like before
that the NBA had a couple down seasons in a sense and I felt that there was new energy
for the league that it needed at the time. And I just think now that we’re continuing
to get very good young players and you kinda look at it and understand that our game is
in great hands with all the young players comin’ up. So our game is as big as it’s ever
been. And even though the older players before us will argue and it’s always debatable of
what era was the best era, I just think that our era’s the most important era to grow the
game because we’re doin’ so much globally to grow this game, so many kids really gettin’
into, worldwide, really gettin’ into the game of basketball, it’s so big everywhere. So
I just think that we’re doin’ a great job of continuing to try to grow it. I mean David Stern and the NBA has done an
unbelievable job of kinda changing the outlook of how players was kinda viewed in a sense
and they’ve done an unbelievable job of that. So I’m glad that I’m in this era and not the
other eras.>>male #7: Since you’re in New York tough
question, Knicks or Nets who’s gonna be better this year. [laughter]>>presenter: [chuckles] [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: There’s a tough question because
no one knows how the Nets are gonna come together. They put together a pretty decent team, they
gonna be pretty good, and then with the excitement in Brooklyn and everything they put together
a good team. But you never know how long it takes the continuity to take, to really work. The Knicks kinda have some in a sense, they
did lose Jeremy Lin but they still have a lot of the core of their team. So because
of that they might start a little faster than the Nets, you just never know. So I’m sure
it brings excitement to the City of New York and as a fan of the game I will sit back and
do the same thing you’re doin’ and watch and see who would be the best in New York.>>male #7: I think it’s gonna be the Knicks. [laughter] [applause]>>presenter: Alright, I think we have time
for one more.>>male #8: Hey, huge fan. I was just wondering
you said your kids and a bunch of the kids of your teammates play basketball all the
time. Who’s the best? [laughter]>>Dwyane Wade: Of all the kids?>>male #8: Of all the kids on your team, yeah.>>Dwyane Wade: You know that’s a great question
because if you ask each of them they would all say themselves. [laughter] Yeah, so I don’t get the luxury to be able
to watch them play together. I think right now a lot of it has to do with who’s the oldest
and who has the most height, so they ain’t reached the point they’re all that talented
yet. But they be havin’, they be competin’ up there. There’s been a couple, separate
them a couple of times I heard. [laughter] They get real and so it’s good, it’s good
and some of them play together like AAU Basketball, some of them play together. I think Lebron’s
youngest son, Bronny, Lebron Jr., his older son, he plays like he’s seven, I think he
plays like the 12 year olds or somethin’. [laughter] Like, but he try to humble him already. But
he’s gettin’ that experience so they all are gonna be in competition with each other for
a long time to come. So it’s gonna be interesting to see how it all shakes out.>>presenter: Cool. Alright, we’ll wrap it
up here Dwyane. Thanks very much for comin’. [applause] Dwyane Wade everybody. [applause and cheering]

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