Zaire selected in the Development League Draft by Salt Lake City Stars, a Jazz affiliate of which Dad Wade is a shareholder. “The dynasty continues”
Revelation or recommended? Zaire Wade, eldest son of Dwyane, the former Miami Heat phenomenon, was selected a little by surprise by the Salt Lake City Stars with the tenth pick in the G League Draft. Original sin? The father of the 19-year-old left-handed guard, barely counted in the top 300 high school-level prospects, is co-owner of the Utah Jazz, of which the Stars are the affiliate, which plays home games at Vivint Arena, like them. or in the arena of Salt Lake Community College. And therefore the comments on social networks were of various kinds. The child sings victory and meditates enterprises capable of stopping the mouth of those who doubt aloud, the father rejoices proudly, some NBA players welcome the son of art in the world of professionals, but also many, many fans say without lapses of words that the little boy snatched a job and a salary from a real player just because he was a “father’s son”.
ugly duckling or swan?
The boy, who certainly did not miss the stage to show his qualities, played his last season of high school for the Californian Sierra Canyon, a mine of NBA talent that showed off the various Zaire Williams (Grizzlies), Brandon Boston (Clippers), Bronny James (LeBron’s eldest son), Amari Bailey. Except that the others shone, while he … Yet he snatched the call of the professionals, deciding not to go to college, but to take the shortcut to the money that shouldn’t be lacking in the family as well. Not that he had who knows what offers, such as student-athlete scholarships: DePaul, Chicago’s historic basketball program, but in decline; South Carolina; Nebraska (best in football); little Rhode Island; Toledo, near Cleveland. Division I programs, but not exactly blue blooded.
Zaire sang victory, happy to see his childhood dream come true. Making basketball a paid job. Imagine the pressures he may have had with the continuous impossible confrontation with his father, a sports legend all over the world. His tweet was therefore that of those who take revenge: “Love it or hate it, the underrated … the Wade dynasty continues”. The father immediately came to give him support, with the re-tweet, also relaunching the announcement of the selection of the Salt Lake City Stars and thanking Jamal Crawford for the congratulations. Donovan Mitchell, Devonte Graham and TJ Warren also congratulated the little boy. He was chosen before Lance Stevenson, “Born Ready”, called by the Grand Rapids Gold, the Denver Nuggets’ G League affiliate, with only 13th pick. Number 1 was Shamorie Ponds, former director of St John’s, selected by the Delaware Blue Coats, the offshoot of the Philadelphia 76ers.
In April Wade Sr became a minority shareholder of the Jazz, which are trying to become more attractive in terms of marketing, to make up for the lack of appeal of a peripheral market. Wade Jr is a 190 cm guard, a bit small to play for 2 and not yet finished as a director, a discreet athlete, but certainly not his father. Having finished his studies at high school, he could not apply for the NBA directly, but had to choose between playing a protagonist in the G League, in Europe or playing a season at university. Among the professionals he did not imagine the line of admirers. But Wade Jr caught the “family” joker. Now it is up to him to show that the trust placed in him is well placed. If on social media the ferocious comments have been wasted, he can however console himself, he is in good company. The Charlotte Hornets, a franchise that bets hard, on and off the pitch, on LaMelo Ball, has called in the G League Draft to its affiliate, the Greensboro Swarms, none other than … LiAngelo Ball, the little brother of the family.
October 26, 2021 (change October 26, 2021 | 11:56 am)
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