– I’m just overcoming where I come from,
where I grew up in, the neighborhood, in
the city of Chicago, you know of the statistics
that says that only onein one million makes it.
To get better as resultof a struggle or conflict.
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I’m Dwayne Wade.
I’m a professional basketball player.
I’m known for playing with the Miami Heat.
That’s good enough.
(film crew laughs)
– [Crewman] He doesn’twant to brag too much.
– For me it’s just like,
growing up in the city of Chicago
one of the toughest things is not seeing.
So not being able to see success.
You dream about it, maybeyou can watch it on TV
but up close and personalyou can’t touch it.
You can’t feel it.
You can’t sit down and ask someone,
“What’s the keys to success?”
So that’s probably oneof the toughest things.
You have this vision,
you have this thought of who you want to become and what you want to become,
but you really don’t knowhow you’re gonna get there.
Coming out of high school, you know,
I’m one of the best highschool players in my state
but because of me not testing well,
and not being a goodtester for four hours,
I’m not able to play the game
basketball-what I love at next level
I took the ACT text a few time
and I remember the call that I got
to come down to the office,my test scores was in,
and it was like the longest walk ever
because I’m thinking about everything.
I’m having the excitement, the joy in me,
“ Aw man, this could be it,
I could be playing basketball next year at a division one college.”
And I’m also having this but everything
will always go right for me feel neither.
So I’m talking this long walk down there
and I’m trying to get my mind wrappedaround if I don’t pass,
I’m trying to get my mind wrapped around it,
if I do what I’m gonna do,
and I remember grabbing the envelope
and opening it up and looking and seeing that I didn’t pass.
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It’s just that walk back to the classroom
was like the longest walk ever and you know,
I just got very emotional because, for me,
basketball was kind of, it was the way.
It was like my route to get out of here has been halted.
It’s been stopped.
And I didn’t really seethe future at that moment,
I just seen what was in front of me.
What was in front of me wasI couldn’t play basketball.
Terrible moment, terrible experience.
My college coach at thetime got me through it.
I called him right away
at the school and he kept me,
I guess he kept me excitedabout coming to school.
He talked to me about, everything is gon na go
as planned, everything we talked about in the home visit,
everything we talked about when he came up here,
it’s gon na go as planned.
You just not gon na be playing in games,
but you gon na be doing everything else.
He was very importantin me overcoming this.
He was one of the only ones to come
in and offer me a scholarship.
I think he offered me a scholarship without even knowing
if Marquette takes Prop 48s.
I think he was that, like,
he was that on top of it.
Like you know, we gon na do everything we can
because we believe in you.
For a young kid that grew
up the way I grew up,
for someone to come in and show
that they believe in you
and they really don’t know me but you really believe me,
you gon na take a chance on me,
it means a lot, and you feel like, you
feel some sense of like you indebted to that person.
– [Sports Commentator] Peoplethought of him as a prospect
in high school and here we are today
as one of the premier players in college basketball.
– [Sports Commentator 2]First Team All American…
– For me, when I came in the NBA,
even though I was a fifth pick in the drive,
I had to overcome people notthinking I was good enough.
That’s probably every yearyou gotta overcome it.
Then when you get to that
point where people think you’re good,
you got ta overcome feeling it and like, really
buying into that, it’s the NBA, this
is the best place to have hardship to overcome
but we do, you do have to overcome things.
You have to overcome injury,you have to overcome losing,
so you don’t overcome nothing by yourself,
it definitely becomes amindset that you have to have,
but you also have to surround yourself
with the right individualsthat came help you
get to the place thatyou’re trying to get to.
And there’s gon na be a lot
that’s gon na come in and out of your life.
You got ta be prepared and ready
for the right ones when you see them
and run the other way when you see the ones that’s not.
But you definitely don’tovercome things by yourself.
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