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What we learned from Wade’s book: He loves David Hasselhoff

Aug 31, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

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The Dwyane Wade media blitz has begun — his new book on fatherhood (“A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball”) hits the shelves next week and he is going to be on a big book tour promoting it. He will be everywhere. Letterman. The View. Sports talk shows. You will turn around in line at Starbucks and swear you saw Wade talking about his book.

Early reviews are that the book has a lot more basketball in it than expected for a book about his nasty custody fight with his ex-wife (which he won) and what he learned from that experience. It should be an interesting read.

Our man Ira Winderman at the Sun-Sentinel has a good look at the Sun Sentinel (hat tip to Ball Don’t Lie), breaking out some of the best basketball tidbits, but this leaps off the page as my favorite:

In his darkest days of a difficult youth, he turned to watching “Knight Rider” alongside his grandmother, writing, “I actually told David Hasselhoff how he helped me get through the tough times in childhood.”

Didn’t “Knight Rider” help us all through our childhood, in the way the show “Kung-Fu” did for a generation before us?

One other Wade tidbit, in case you wanted to understand how Dwight Howard felt about Stan Van Gundy, but also what he will later realize.

Of breaking into the NBA under Stan Van Gundy, he writes, “Coach Van Gundy has a voice that rings in your ears and get underneath your skin. Always on edge, he coached from a state of high alert.” But he later adds, “Because of Stan, my toughness and drive showed up early on.”

Be ready for a deluge of Wade notes and stories out of his book and book tour in the coming weeks.

  1. heat256 - Aug 31, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    “I should be an interesing read”? Geez. I could be high on meth, missing my arms and half of my brain removed, and still write more coherently than the “writers” on this site. Otherwise, I gotta give props to Wade. Not a lot of men (and professional athletes to boot), would want the responsibility of raising their children on their own. Good for him. Hope it inspires more men to take responsibility in their children’s lives. Maybe it’ll stop the broken home cycle that has been going on in our country for decades and help produce smarter, more well-adjusted and commitment-minded people.

    • davidly - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:30 AM

      What’s with the comma after the parenthetical in your comment? You high on meth? “Geez” indeed.

  2. lakerluver - Aug 31, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Looks like “Mr. Heatle” himself has been quite busy this off-season. For the “Heatles” sake D. Wade better be working on his shot in between being a celebrity. As age and injuries catch up to him if he doesn’t have a reliable J he’s gonna become much easier to guard. Just ask Allen Iverson.

    • dls612 - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:08 AM

      U betta hope d12 recover from that back injury also Nash has back issues too and Kobe ain’t no spring chicken either!

  3. chadinkc30 - Aug 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Wade is injury prone these days & getting older physically! Still is a top 10-15 player & the second best shooting guard in the league, but IMO we’ve seen the best of Wade on the basketball court

  4. dls612 - Aug 31, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Dirk you’re not alone! Wade is on board!

  5. miamatt - Aug 31, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    I mean, who doesn’t?

  6. miamatt - Aug 31, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Love all the wishful thinking comments about Wade being washed up. We’ve seen him come back from injuries before, and he has been working with a shooting coach this offseason. Having your personal house in order never hurts, either. Best shooting guard in the league this year, write it down.

  7. lakerluver - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    The best shooting guard in the league wears PURPLE AND GOLD and his game has an uncanny resemblance to MJ’s. He’s the best sg since MJ and will continue to be the best until he says someone else can have the throne!!

  8. boilerup1869 - Sep 1, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Jesus the commenters on this article sound like a bunch of incoherent, illiterate drunks.

    • jimeejohnson - Sep 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      Better than a bunch of toothless, freaked out, meth heads!

  9. davidly - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Whether you like him or not, or even if you don’t follow basketball, I highly recommend the book. Here’s a snippet:
    “Plus, you gotta respect how he eating that burger, all drunk and sh** like he ain’t got a care in the world, while his little girl getting it all on tape. That a daddy for real, though.”

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