My Favorite Mistake: Dwyane Wade
Kumar, Sujay, Newsweek
Byline: Dwyane Wade
The Miami Heat guard on the phone call that changed his life.
"I got something to tell you." I was 19 years old and in Florence, Italy, playing for a traveling team, when I got the call. It was my girlfriend.
I said, "You're pregnant." And she said yes. I had a child on the way.
The first thing that came to my mind was that I'm a kid myself. I don't know what I'm going to do in life. I have no job. I'm coming off of not playing my first year because I had to get my academics right. I'm confused and think, "This can't be happening to me. Not right now."
And that negative moment became my favorite mistake. What got me through it was finally holding my first son when he was born. I do a lot of things and I go a lot of places. I've been successful in different areas, but nothing brings a smile to my face more than my oldest son, Zaire, and my second son, Zion, saying the kind word of "Dad."
Whenever I feel like I'm getting too far away from where I need to be, I think about my sons and the legacy I have to leave for them--and it always brings me back to reality.
After we lost the championship in 2011, I was sleeping all day in a dark room, and I didn't want to come out. They came knocking on the door. And as much as I didn't want to see a basketball, they said, "Dad, can you come out before it gets dark and play with us?" I said I was on my way. And that was a thrill to them. They just loved the game, and it didn't mean anything to them aside from getting the chance to play with their dad. They got me over the loss. …