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Stronger Than Fiction
Terry McDonell
December 11, 2006
The amazing story of Dwyane Wade
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December 11, 2006

Stronger Than Fiction

The amazing story of Dwyane Wade

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When you go deep, the small stories inside the big picture are always what get to you. This is what happened to senior writer S.L. Price reporting his piece about Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year, Dwyane Wade. As he peeled back layers of the life of the great Miami guard, Price got to a place he calls "a mean pocket" of Chicago where "gangs and drug dealers roamed the blocks; gunshots popped day and night." Dwyane was in kindergarten then, counting on his 11-year-old sister, Tragil, to get him ready for his first school picture while their drug-addicted mother slept.

"Both Dwyane and Tragil started telling of how they'd leaned on each other to survive as kids," says Price, "and how he kept supporting his mom through so many down years. He spoke of how, with all his success, the biggest thrill he gets is seeing his mom clean and sober. That's when I realized that Wade's biggest win didn't come last June in Dallas. It came over the last five years when, even as Dwyane was becoming the league's most accomplished young player, he and his mother and family finally broke through. They'd actually made it. They'd survived the worst that urban America can dish out, and through a tough devotion carved out for themselves a measure of peace."

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