Transcript for Dwyane Wade wants to follow Kobe Bryant’s legacy: 'We are more than just an athlete'
And we are excited to bring back our next guest. He's got a new documentary coming out called "D. Wade: Life unexpected." We talked to him earlier in the show and now we want to continue the conversation so please welcome back three-time NBA champion, Dwyane wade. How are you? Hi. it takes two to make a thing go rye All right, welcome, man. Welcome back. You put together this documentary taking a look back at your life and defined a lot by basketball and really amazing documentary. I learned so much about you and I've known you for awhile. I did not know -- I'm so glad you did this. I think it will help a lot of people but do you ever miss playing? It's been about a year since you retired. No. I don't. Not at all. Did you miss your first year. Yes, I did. I don't. I miss the guys. So I was told -- I do miss the guys but I was told that when you feel like you're ready to retire play another year and that's what I did. I ended up playing another year because I was ready to retire the year before so I played another year. Got it out of my system and then I was like, it was time. It's time to move on to the next phase, that next act in my life. Do you play at all now. No, I'm terrible probably now. I'm probably terrible. I haven't played -- beginning of the summer -- I'm going to stay in shape and still work out. Two weeks into the summer,ing 0, so I'm not doing that no more. It was great you were able to end in Miami and go back and end there in Miami but Chicago is your home. Chicago is home. Chicago is home. And, of course, the NBA all-star game was this past weekend. Did you get a little choked up when they were talking about you a little bit when common was talking about you in the pregame. Well, I didn't expect it. You know, I went out to watch the Chicago tribute that common was putting on and then my baby picture popped up and he started talking about my journey and I just started thinking about just being a kid with a dream, you know, I had a ball and a dream and to understand the impact that you have on the city of like Chicago to be like known in the city, you know, I grew up in the south side and moved to this small town in the suburbs and it was just amazing, I mean, just to sit back and watch just the journey of my basketball career, you know, in a quick conversation with common that was so dope so I appreciate split that's what you share in the documentary which is your journey. See so many special moments including the birth of your baby daughter. Let's take a look. There she is. Hi. Look at those feet. And hands. I knew the wife and I was going to have our first child together, that was my push away from the game. It was time. So having a baby kind of reset your -- changed your mind-set toward basketball? Yeah, I love the game. The game has done so much for my family and I but it got to a point where I stopped loving the process of the game and a lot of times athletes we've been doing this since we was 5, 6, 7 years old. This is what we know and this is what we're great at and you're afraid to walk away from something you've been great at and for me, my family was my push away from the game. My daughter -- me and my wife's journey to bring our daughter into this world, you know, is my wife talked about it and I talk a little about it in my documentary. It was a process. It was a long process for us so I wanted to be able to be there. You know, more and I didn't want to hold on to the game of basketball just because I was afraid to let something go. I already accomplished things I wanted to accomplish and championships, all-star games and, everything, so for me, it was the perfect time to walk away when I had a little pride still, people say you still can hoop. Before they would be like, boo, leave, go so it was the perfect time to walk away for me. You are speaking about journey. Part of your journey you were part of a rap group. Real fresh. Is the name real fresh. My dad was Joe Jackson. But you recited some of the raps. Feel like giving us a taste. As -- I love the microphone, right so you give me a mic as you know, we're karaoke buddies so you give me a microphone I go all day but, no. That rap is kind of like -- it's But it was good. I actually was impressed. I think you have a future. Well, so, speaking of my future, right, I do have dream, right? I just want to get on one song like one day and Rick Ross was a good friend and reached out and said let's do a track for the city. So my last year I filmed the song with Rick Ross called "Season ticket holders" that actually comes out in a couple days. Okay. Forget about karaoke. He's got a career. I don't know if it's good, though. Don't forget about karaoke just yet. What did you all -- what was the karaoke -- It was -- if it was a song we can't talk about. Yeah. But it was a duet and personally I think we crushed it. Back-to-back like you would think we was performing together And gab was there in the crowd. Yeah sglshgs giving it to us. I think we did a good job. No way we can see it. Nope. You bring up gab. Your beautiful wife, beautiful talented wife. Your sister in the documentary said that you had posters of Gabrielle union when you were in college. Yeah, people like to, you know, add a little spice to -- Saying it's not true. Put a little extra sprinkle on it. No, it's not true. Listen, my beautiful wife who -- she's amazing. But I mean obviously she's been famous for a long time so, yes, you have crushes, but I didn't have posters on the wall. I didn't even have an apartment. I had a dorm. We couldn't put stuff on the walls. This is going to get you for that. You guys are both trail blazers in transitions. What advice do you have for people coming up out of sports. Well, I mean when I first got out I reached out to Mike, what do I do now? And I think, you know, the one thing and one person we had as an athlete, kobe Bryant was that one person showing the way in that second act, you know, for me I was looking at him like I can make this move. Oh, I can win an Oscar so now I feel like I've been put in the position to be that leader. To take that legacy that kobe was building for us and to show that we're more than just an athlete. It's so many different things that you can do and be a part of. So I'm in that second act. I got like nine jobs right now. I'm like Michael Strahan. Please, I was going to say -- but I need to ask you for advice, production deals, has a production company, sponsorship deal, host on TV so you're doing a little bit of everything. Thank you. I'm proud of you, man. Proud of you. Thank you. We'll follow up our karaoke soon. Listen, I'm ready to take this thing on the road. Take a little time off. We'll be on the road but before we do that you guys at home check out the documentary, "D. Wade: Life unexpected" premieres Sunday ESPN 9:00 P.M. Eastern.
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