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But one week after her sentencing, Jolinda was arrested again and later convicted for trying to sell crack to an undercover police officer. "I'm trying to sell drugs to make ends meet to get money to do this and that; then it just came to the point I just sold drugs so I could keep my sick off," she says.
Jolinda spent 16 months in prison, then, on Oct. 29, 1995, was arrested once more for selling crack. Sentenced to four years in a state penitentiary, she served seven months. Then she failed to report for a work-release program. In March 1997 a warrant was issued. "They called it an escape," she says. "I didn't go back: My addiction called me, I answered the call ... and there you go."
ONE EVENING IN NOVEMBER 2006 WADE WAS SITTING in Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena after wrapping a photo shoot: D-Wade, Superstar, doing layups in a fine gray suit. The place was all but empty, just a half-dozen people checking BlackBerries. "Seeing it," he said. "Seeing my mother on drugs was the darkest for me. People on drugs don't have the same comprehension; you talk to them, and they fall asleep. That hurts. And you know it."
Wade started talking about his father, the discipline he instilled, when Tragil walked over. For a while Dwyane had sent her Mother's Day cards. In the spring of '06 Tragil, then 29, moved to the Miami area to help manage her brother's life; who better to do that? She bent down and kissed Dwyane four times on the cheek and neck. Dwyane Sr. was coming to town. "Call me about Daddy," she said and walked off.
"That's my girl," Dwyane murmured, watching her figure grow smaller. "Hey," he shouted. "Don't be kissing me like that in front of everybody!" And her laughter echoed back even after she was gone.
It's easy, when taking stock of Dwyane Wade, to take him at face value. He speaks softly, smiles sweetly (yes, Tragil taught him that too) and trails a litany of praise from teammates and opponents that usually includes words like humble, quiet and polite. If anything had marked Wade's growth as a player during his first three years in the league, it was his diplomacy. Though he quickly established himself as Miami's best player while a rookie, he made every accommodation for the aging Shaquille O'Neal that Kobe Bryant couldn't make in L.A. And, of course, he went even further in 2010, not just welcoming but inviting the two most coveted free agents besides himself to join him in South Beach.
But most people don't know that Wade got his first technical in high school for giving the opposing crowd the finger as he ran upcourt after blocking a shot; don't know that he got so insulted by all the attention paid LeBron James (the irony!) and Carmelo Anthony at the 2004 All-Star rookie game that he played "angry" the rest of that season ("I was like a third wheel," he says. "It was, like, Move out of the way, Dwyane, let Carmelo and LeBron take a picture. I felt slighted. I thought, I can be on these guys' level, so what am I going to do to get there?"); don't know that he wore his ANY MORE DOUBTERS? T-shirt so often after the Heat's 2006 championship run that his sister had to tell him to stop.
This side of Wade is what his college coach, Marquette's Tom Crean, calls "his controlled rage."
"He's not humble—by far," says Gary Payton, who played with Wade on the '06 title team. "When Dwyane gets on the court, I can see the hunger in his face. He wants to win. He doesn't take prisoners. He wants to kill you."