Like many basketball parents around the world, Dwyane Wade isn’t happy about his child’s playing time. But the former NBA star has a major platform to express his frustration.
On Tuesday’s edition of “Inside the NBA” on TNT, the Miami Heat legend said he would not attend Saturday’s state title game between Sierra Canyon and the winner of Thursday’s matchup between Sheldon High School (Sacramento) and Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) in California’s open division.
Sierra Canyon features Wade’s son, senior Zaire, and LeBron James’ son, freshman Bronny.
“I will not be there,” Wade said. “My son isn’t playing, and I don’t want to do nothing to the coach [Andre Chevalier]. I won’t be there. But I’ll be rooting for the kids.”
Dwyane Wade hugs his son Zaire after Wade’s jersey retirement ceremony in Miami in February. Getty Images
Ziaire Williams, a five-star prospect ranked seventh in the 2020 class by ESPN, hit the winning shot at the buzzer in Sierra Canyon’s come-from-behind, 63-61 win over Etiwanda on Tuesday. Zaire Wade did not score in the game, per maxpreps.com.
Zaire Wade, a 6-foot-2 wing, was injured earlier this season. He averages 4.3 points per game, according to the games maxpreps.com tracked.
It’s difficult to find playing time at Sierra Canyon. Williams and B.J. Boston, a five-star prospect who signed with Kentucky, are the stars of the team. Terren Frank is a four-star prospect who signed with TCU. Amari Bailey is a top-10 prospect in the class of 2022, according to ESPN. And Bronny James is evolving into a talented player, but even he has been overshadowed by the veteran standouts on Sierra Canyon’s roster.
Bronny James and Zaire Wade combined to score just two points during a Thanksgiving Hoopfest win in Dallas over Texas state champion Duncanville. Zaire Wade played just four minutes in that game.
Zaire Wade is a three-star prospect in the 2020 class who currently has offers from DePaul, Nebraska, Rhode Island and Toledo, according to ESPN. Earlier this season, he told reporters that his father had compared Sierra Canyon to the Golden State Warriors because “everybody is coming after our team.”
Dwyane Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, have attended multiple Sierra Canyon games this season.
Although Wade expressed frustration Tuesday, he had a different view Monday when he tweeted: “For All The Kids Out There That’s Not Getting The Time or Opportunity They Feel They Deserve. Look No Further Than The Goat @TomBrady For Some Perspective. They Drafted 198 Players Before Him. #GodsPlan”
Wade was also very complimentary of Ziaire Williams Wednesday.
Happy for Ziaire Williams! This kid can hoop but he’s an even better kid away from basketball. The game continues to look bright with kids like him coming down the pipeline. https://t.co/da0cjQH2zF
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) March 11, 2020
At the start of Zaire’s season, Wade seemed to understand how difficult it might be for his son to get substantial minutes on Chevalier’s team.
“He doesn’t care who you are,” Wade told USA Today about Chevalier last summer after his son transferred to Sierra Canyon. “He’s gonna get on you. He’s gonna push you and make you better. I feel like that’s what everybody likes about him. Some coaches may soften up to certain players, but he doesn’t.”