Dwyane Wade has never gone easy on his son when it comes to basketball.
This was made evident in a video that popped up late in 2020 in which Wade battled Zaire, his oldest son, in a game of one-on-one.
In the video — which went viral and has been viewed nearly 2 million times on Twitter — Wade posts up Zaire, using his significant size advantage for easy baskets. He mocks Zaire for not being tall enough or strong enough to challenge him. Meanwhile, Zaire trash-talks his father for posting up — a play not often used in the NBA these days — and scores a few tough baskets of his own.Advertisement
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While speaking to Insider to promote his new photo memoir, "Dwyane," Wade said that particular one-on-one battle served as a moment to teach his son that nobody will go easy on him in basketball.
"It wasn't about me beating him because I knew I could beat him," Wade said. "It was more so about the lesson of 'Hey, it ain't going to be easy. I'm your dad, and I am not going to take it easy on you at all. And I love. I love you. Like, I will do anything for you. And I'm going to be hard on you, too, when it comes to this game of basketball. Because I have to show you that trying to take someone's job is not an easy thing to do.'"
Zaire is currently playing in the NBA G League for the Salt Lake City Stars. He had previously played high school basketball at Sierra Canyon, an elite basketball program where LeBron James' son also plays.