Dwyane Wade was born in 1982 and grew up in the Chicagoland area, which lines his childhood up perfectly with Michael Jordan's reign over the NBA.
As the former Miami Heat star tunes in to ESPN's "The Last Dance" each Sunday, he can't help but feel a sense of nostalgia from his adolescent years. From a recent interview between Wade and the Sun Sentinel:
It's taking me back to the purest time that I've ever experienced in life. They’re taking it back to when [Jordan] was drafted, came in ’84, up until ’98. I was born in ’82, right? So this is my entire childhood that we’re watching every Sunday.
Like Jordan, Wade played shooting guard and accumulated a few rings (three) during his 16-season NBA career. He credits Jordan for positively affecting not only his basketball career, but his family life, as well.
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If it was not for the Chicago Bulls, and especially the team in ’90-91, I would never have had the vision to become the player that I wanted to be, Michael Jordan. So, I never would have had the vision to become that guy. And I also never would have had the vision to understand what it means to win a championship for a city.
Because the Bulls winning those championships back then meant — in our home, we might not have had a lot. We might not have ate that night. We might not have had heat that night — the nights the Bulls won, it brought us together.