First came the best-selling book about being a dad, and now the Heat’s Dwyane Wade plans to be an executive producer of a sitcom based on his life as a professional athlete and single father of two sons.
Wade and his new production company, ZZ Productions, recently sold a television sitcom to Fox based on Wade’s life and his book, A Father First. The book shares Wade’s experiences as a single father and also touches on his childhood and rise to basketball stardom. The show will be called Three the Hard Way, and is pegged as a comedy.
According to a news release, the show will center around a main character named Daryl Wade, who, along with “his entourage of eccentric friends, find themselves parenting by committee, when [Wade] gets full custody of his two young sons. It’s a recipe made for disaster, but no matter how misinformed, misguided, or unfit Team Wade may be, they have a trump card that can’t lose. It’s called love.”
Of course, the most important question on Tuesday was who would play Wade in his sitcom.
“I haven’t figured that out yet,” Wade said. “But I’m sure it will be someone very handsome.”
Ray Allen, already an accomplished actor, said he would not be available to try out for the part.
Wade sat out against the Hawks after arriving to AmericanAirlines Arena before the game “with every intention to play.”
“Me and coach, like I said we’re going to do this year, is have constant communication, and I had communication with our training staff, and they felt that they want to take this opportunity for me to focus on getting stronger these next couple days and try to get a little better,” Wade said. “We all listen to each other.”
Wade traveled to Orlando for the Heat’s back-to-back games against the Magic on Wednesday, but his playing status for the game was undetermined Tuesday
“I’m just trying to do what’s best for my body,” Wade said.
Wade went 1 of 7 from the field for four points against the Bobcats on Saturday one day after setting a career high in steals (eight) against the Mavericks. Wade said he wasn’t expecting to play against the Bobcats but was called into service after the NBA suspended Mario Chalmers. Wade had OssaTron shock wave therapy on his knee this summer, and he isn’t expected to fully recover from the procedure for several more months.
“I’m 70 percent and some days 75,” Wade said. “I’m just trying to get consistent as much as possible and as time goes, hopefully, the treatment I got this summer will take over a little more and the discomfort will go a way a little more.”
LeBron James said before the game that his lower back is still slightly sore, but he is no longer limited in what he can do on the court. That fact, of course, should be painfully obvious at this point. James averaged 34 points in three games last week while shooting over 70 percent from the field.
“It is feeling better,” James said of his back. “It’s feeling better than the previous two weeks before I started to play the way I am. I’m a little sore in the morning, but not as bad. I’m a little sore before the game but I get warmed up.
“I’m still not 100 percent, but I’m feeling a lot better and I’m able to do some things on the floor that I couldn’t do to begin the season.”
—James Jones started for Dwyane Wade. It was Jones’ second appearance of the season and first start.
—Shane Battier started his sixth game of the season in place of Udonis Haslem. Haslem, who missed four games with back spasms, played a reserve role against the Hawks.