HARLEM — Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade says fatherhood helped him to win his second NBA championship last season.
Being a father matured him enough to be able to tame his ego so that he could play with fellow stars Lebron James and Chris Bosh, Wade told 250 people at My Image Studios in Harlem Wednesday.
“The success of winning is more important than the amount of dollars,” said Wade, who was visiting Harlem to promote his new book “A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball.”
In the memoir, Wade, 30, recounts being a single father to his two sons, Zaire, 10 and Zion, 5. He was awarded primary custody of his children in 2011 after a bitter battle with his ex-wife. Wade said he also raises his 10-year-old nephew.
“I love that they see me get up every morning and go to work,” Wade said. “It shows that it takes hard work to be successful.”
The event, part of Wade’s multi-city book tour, was produced by Hue-Man Bookstore, which recently shuttered its physical location for an online presence, and the soon-to-be-opened My Image Studios (MIST), a $21 million film screening, performance space and restaurant dedicated to African and Latino culture.
Roland Laird, MIST’s CEO, said Wade’s book signing was the perfect pre-opening event for the space.
“(Wade) defines himself as a father first, not a basketball player, and that’s what MIST is about, how we define ourselves,” Laird said.