Dwyane Wade rebuilds his personal and professional life.
For three months during the NBA off-season, Dwyane Wade returns to his hometown Chicago, to recharge his batteries and step out of the spotlight. The king of Miami happily trades signing autographs on South Beach for lounging on a plush couch in the TV room of his River West townhouse.
The 28-year-old, who has earned the affectionate nickname Flash and once owned a 9,000-square-foot mansion in a tiny Miami suburb, lives in a lovely yet modest row house (even though he reportedly earned $15 million last year). It is here that we catch up with the All-Star baller…
On His Chicago Home:
“I don’t need something too big. I’m in Miami most of the time. And I fell in love with [this property] once I was able to put my own personality into the house,” says Wade. “Every time I walk in my door, [I am reminded of] the journey that it took to get here and the hard work that I have to put in to continue to stay here.”
On Deciding to Stay With Miami:
“I grew up a Bulls fan and, you know, the whole story about this being a hometown kid coming back – it would have all been perfect. It would have been a great ending to an already good book, but it didn’t happen,” says Wade on his decision to turn down an offer in Chicago. “Miami has become my home away from home…The [Miami fans] have embraced me since day one. I can’t ask for anything more. I’m happy.”
On Relationship With Gabrielle Union:
“I found someone I have a great relationship with and that was the most important thing. You have to like the person you’re around before you can say you love them,” Wade says. “That’s the biggest thing right now; we want to make sure that we stay liking each other.”
On the Infidelity Rumors:
“They say I took the high road,” says Wade. “Unfortunately, it took turns but I tried to stay on my path…I think what determines a man is how he acts in the bad times.”