Amid the cleavage and gadgets in the October issue of Maxim Magazine arriving in mailboxes this week is an interview with Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade.
The interview coincides with Wade’s three-week book tour across eight cities. Last week, the tour stopped in Miami, where our Chris Perkins caught up with Wade. Today, he is in Los Angeles, signing copies of A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball.
In the Maxim interview, Wade was asked about his name making it into a song by rap impresario Jay-Z, who co-owns the Brooklyn Nets. Wade said he “can’t wait” to play the Nets, who spent the offseason loading up their roster in an attempt to challenge the defending champion Heat.
” I just looked at the schedule, and we play them the fifth or sixth game of the year,” Wade told Maxim. “That’s going to be awesome, man. It’s going to be a packed house, and we’re going to give the fans what they came for. I can’t wait.”
The first Heat-Nets showdown is actually Miami’s fifth game of the season on Nov. 7 in AmericanAirlines Arena. The teams meet again in Miami on Dec. 1 before the Heat make their first trip to Brooklyn on Jan. 30.
In the interview, Wade also admitted he was caught off guard by the negative fan reaction to joining forces with LeBron James and Chris Bosh to form a “superteam.”
Many NBA fans branded James as a villain, openly rooted against the Heat and took glee in their loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals. But the Heat silenced the haters last season by winning the title.
“It was weird,” he told Maxim. “I mean, I’d never been booed before! And I felt like we’d done something unselfish, so for fans to think we’d done something bad was indescribable.”
Wade also discussed shooting hoops with President Barack Obama, playing in front of his 92-year-old grandmother and how he would have done as an NFL receiver.
To read the whole interview, click here.