Wade ended his paternity leave Tuesday night, checking in for the Heat midway through the first quarter of their game against the Brooklyn Nets. He said his wife and their daughter are doing well, which allowed him to feel comfortable resuming his season after a seven-game hiatus.
“I’m going to obviously miss them,” Wade said. “It was tough leaving my little girl and my wife, but I’ve got to get back to work and I’ll see them again soon.”
Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union-Wade welcomed Kaavia James Union Wade into the world on Nov. 7. Wade had been in Los Angeles with them since then, and flew back to Miami on Monday.
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His return is most certainly welcome in Miami. The Heat went 2-5 in his time away, falling to 6-10 this season entering the game against the Nets. They were playing Tuesday without guards Goran Dragic (knee), Tyler Johnson (hamstring) and Dion Waiters (ankle recovery from last season).
“There’s a human element to this business and to the game and it is the most important thing,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “The connection, your spirit, your emotions, everybody getting on the same page, and just seeing Dwyane back here with the guys there was a tangible boost in the energy today in the shootaround.”
Wade is Miami’s third-leading scorer this season, entering Tuesday at 14.3 points per game. He was in his best stretch of the season when he got the call that his daughter was coming a few weeks earlier than planned.
He said he felt the frustration level his team has gone through in the past couple weeks, and he tried to keep in touch via texts and phone calls. Wade kept up conditioning while in Los Angeles, but knows it’ll take a little time to get back to the level of a few weeks ago.
“I was so excited for my daughter to come, but I was like, ‘Baby, you know, your dad was playing in a rhythm. You could have waited a little while,’” Wade said. “I was just getting my legs under me, but great things happened to make me miss time, and now I’m back.”
The baby was born via a surrogate, which is one of the reasons why Wade felt taking a brief paternity leave was necessary.
Parents of surrogate-carried babies are told the first few days after the birth are critical to forging deep bonds with their child. Lots of skin-to-skin contact and talking to the baby helps with the bonding.
So Wade needed time, and the Heat supported the plan.
“So much of this league is mood of the team and confidence,” Heat guard Josh Richardson said. “With him back, we’re definitely a lot more confident moving forward.”
Union-Wade — who revealed she had nine miscarriages in her 2017 book “We’re Going to Need More Wine” — has taken time off work to bond with the new arrival. She’s been filming an upcoming project in Los Angeles, and when she’s back on the set, Kaavia James will be close by.
“She was working right up until we got the call,” Wade said. “When she goes back, my daughter will be going back to the set with her. Her trailer is fit for everything, the baby’s safety, everything. So our baby will be there with her when she’s at work.”
Wade strongly considered retirement during the offseason because of the baby’s arrival, not making the decision to return until just before training camp in September. He questioned whether it was fair to his wife and their family to still be playing and traveling while raising a baby.
He also wondered if he could handle being away from his daughter for long stretches.
“We went through a lot to get here,” Wade said. “My family had to come first right now.”
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Pascal Siakam’s 30-Point Double-Double Leads Raptors to Victory
The Orlando Magic did everything they could late to get back into tonight’s game against the Toronto Raptors, but their comeback attempt ended up in being futile.
While the Raptors feature one of the best players in the NBA in Kawhi Leonard, he was not even their best forward tonight.
Instead it was Pascal Siakam who carried Toronto to the victory, as he made plenty of key plays coming down the stretch and led the Raptors in scoring.
Siakam ended the night with double-double as he scored 30 points and picked up 11 rebounds. By doing so, Siakam earned a little piece of franchise history as only the second player to record those numbers.
After losing their first game to Orlando, the Raptors have now won two straight and look to be back in control of the series.
Game 4 will be played in Orlando on Sunday and if the Raptors win, they will have the chance to close out the series back at home next week.
Celtics Win Third Straight, One Away From Advancing
The Boston Celtics are well on their way to advancing to the Eastern Conference Semifinals after another victory tonight.
It was yet another team effort for the Celtics, as they featured five double-digit scorers in the win.
With the Pacers trading buckets with the Celtics for most of the night, it took a great fourth quarter effort from Boston’s best player to get this win.
The Celtics will look to close out the series with a sweep on Sunday, when they face the Pacers in Indiana for Game 4.
Lakers Interview Tyronn Lue Today
LeBron James may be bringing his old coach to L.A. with him, as former Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue is in the running for the Lakers job.
Lue is set to meet with Lakers GM Rob Pelinka today to discuss the coaching vacancy.
Lue has been heavily-favored for this job since the position became available, with the obvious ties that Lue has with the Lakers best player.
Lue did help LeBron capture an NBA title a few years ago, when the two won the 2016 NBA Finals after falling behind 3-1 to the Golden State Warriors.
Now Lue could be joining LeBron as they try to make the Lakers once great organization relevant again.
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