Wade has time to reflect

dwyane wade miami heat 2014 nba finals odds

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - Tom Crean still cannot forget the vehicle that Dwyane Wade was driving a decade ago.

View 2014 NBA Finals Odds

It was Wade's final season at Marquette, where Crean was coaching at the time. Wade had moved off-campus after getting married and having his first son. And his vehicle got broken into three times during that Final Four season. Making it road-worthy again would have cost $900. The car was only worth $700 at the time.

The repairs never got made.

Wade waited until after the semester to get that new car, a blue Cadillac Escalade.

``The moral to the story is, the guy never got away from what his priorities were,'' said Crean, now the coach at Indiana but still a close mentor to Wade. ``... It would have been so easy for him to leave school and get the things he needed. He could have gotten away from his academics because he was leaving for the NBA.''

Fast forward to Friday, when Wade's third annual fantasy camp was getting going in earnest at a posh hotel in South Florida, with a slew of Escalades parked in a long line just outside the front doors. The 10th anniversary of Wade signing his first contract with the Miami Heat - a $7 million, three-year deal - is Monday, and the now three-time NBA champion still cannot believe how much his world has changed over this last decade.

``I remember just staring at my first check for a whole day,'' Wade said. ``It was more than I think my father made in like five years, combined.''

It would have been impossible to imagine at the time, but nowadays, deep-pocketed guys think nothing of spending $10,500 to be like Wade for a long weekend. They get his Li

Ning sneakers, plenty of gear, and the experience of playing alongside celebrities like comic Kevin Hart and for some of Wade's closest allies - including Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, his college coach in Crean, his longtime trainer Tim Grover and his high school coach Jack Fitzgerald.

``This is one of the things I look forward to in the summer,'' Wade said. ``I've been excited about this camp. I like this camp. I've been like, `Ah, I can't wait for this camp.' I really enjoy it. I enjoy being around these guys.''

In some respects, the camp serves as the end of Wade's summer.

The kids are heading back to school, and while there's still a few fun things left before the Heat convene late next month to start the quest of winning a third straight NBA title -

Wade's brother, as well as teammates Udonis Haslem and LeBron James are all getting married in the coming weeks, for example - he's starting to get into basketball mode again.

Wade took several weeks off to rest after the NBA Finals, after fighting bone bruises in his knee for about three months. He's starting to feel better now, and did his first real workout of the offseason on Thursday night.

And on Friday, he vowed to be ready for training camp.

``I'll be coming in prepared and ready, but I won't be ready for opening night,'' Wade said. ``I'll be ready for opening night when opening night gets here. I have a good amount of time.''

Bet 2014 NBA Finals Odds

Want More From TheSpread.com? Follow us on Twitter and Fa cebook or Subscribe to Our News Feeds!

 

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Will Fox be a top-5 pick? With the 2017 NBA Drafttakes place later tonight. Where can we expect one of the top prospects, De’Aaron Fox, to land tonight?
Thumbnail Fultz to go to the 76ers? The Boston Celticshave traded out of the No. 1 pick. The Philadelphia 76ersnow hold the top pick once again. Is it a slam dunk who they will take in the NBA...
Thumbnail 2018 NBA Finals Odds After dominating the 2017 NBA Playoffs, will anyone keep the Golden State Warriors from winning the NBA Finals again...
Thumbnail Stephen Curry Game 5 Props Will Stephen Curry bounce back from a poor showing in Game 4 when the Golden State Warriors host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals tonight at 9PM...
Thumbnail Will James get another triple-double? Will LeBron James add to his NBA Finals record of nine triple-doubles when the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals...

NBA Headlines

  • PHILADELPHIA (AP) Markelle Fultz already has his first turnover as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.
    It came in an Instagram post sponsored by a watch company. ''Excited to head to (City) a...
  • NEW YORK (AP) Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was suspended for two games without pay by the NBA on Friday for pleading guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
    C...
  • HOUSTON (AP) Former NBA player Marcus Camby has been named defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit over the drowning of his 9-year-old autistic nephew in a pond on Camby's Houston-area property last...
  • As draft night approached, some of the heavy hitters in the NBA - Cleveland, San Antonio, Houston, Boston, the Clippers among them - were jockeying, making calls and looking for deals to try to pos...
  • NEW YORK (AP) The NBA draft averaged more than 3.5 million viewers, the second-biggest audience ever on ESPN.
    The telecast Thursday peaked with 5.2 million viewers from 8:15 to 8:30 p.m. EDT,...

NBA Team Pages