Dwyane Wade joins Woj
Three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade joins Adrian Wojnarowski for a probing hour of conversation on The Vertical Podcast with Woj. Wade speaks with great candor on his split with Heat president Pat Riley, the building of the Big Three with LeBron James and Chris Bosh and how that free agent coup transformed the powerbase of the modern NBA star. Wade talks of his future with the Chicago Bulls, how he evolved with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and why he was so uneasy about climbing into the Banana Boat for the first time. Here are some key moments: 2:56: The thin line between success and failure in the NBA. 5:19: Wade’s expectations for this season in Chicago. 8:10: Thoughts on Tim Duncan’s jersey retirement ceremony in San Antonio. 11:47: Wade’s relationship with Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. 14:39: The distinctive culture around the Heat and Spoelstra proving himself with the Big 3. 19:58: Wade and Spoelstra leaning on each other after James’ departure and Bosh’s health problems. 23:02: The microscope the Big 3 played under during their first season together. 25:00: The Big 3 starting an era where players have leverage over teams. 27:40: How important was USA Basketball to the formation of the Big 3? 29:57: The dysfunctional Knicks not being prepared for Wade, James or Bosh in 2010. 34:02: An increased sense of admiration for Riley after leaving the Heat. 36:12: Did the Heat take Wade for granted? 38:23: Not hearing from Riley during the negotiation process last summer. 41:00: Balancing his desire to win with his desire to make up for past paycuts. 43:36: Returning to his hometown and trying to help during the ongoing gun violence crisis. 45:35: Watching his sons and nephew play basketball, including the pressure that comes with their connection to Wade. 49:57: Plans for his post-playing career and looking to Magic Johnson as a model. 52:33: Not wanting to get on the Banana Boat and the possibility of the group playing together. 54:43: How Wade’s selflessness in pursuit of winning will impact his legacy.
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About The Show
Adrian Wojnarowski, the most dominant force in NBA reporting, brings you inside the league with The Woj Pod. Woj is probing the biggest newsmakers in the sport – from the commissioner, to general managers, coaches and star players – to bring listeners inside the processes, personas and stories that impact the NBA. Beyond longer sit-down interviews in our New York studios, Woj will deliver real-time podcasts with league personnel built around breaking news.