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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — From the basketball courts of Miami to the streets of New York City, Dwayne Wade’s celebrity status is evident.

While other NBA champions take the summer off to relish their ring and their right to relax, Wade has been making the rounds promoting his new book and rehabbing a knee that kept him from the Olympics.

He promises the injury will not keep him from next season.

“It’s good to go,” he said.

Wade made it known there’s more to his ‘game of life’ than parquet floors and free-throws as he sat down with Gayle King on CBS This Morning.

“Being a father is my greatest gift in life,” Wade said. “God has blessed me with so many gifts. But I think being a father to those two young guys right there is my biggest challenge.”

Wade’s new book “A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball”  tells his story of fatherhood, a very ugly, public divorce, gaining full custody of his kids and the lessons he learned along the way.

“I didn’t feel like speaking ill of her and would do anything for them and their relationship,” he said. “Would it make me feel better? It’s not about me.”

Wade recalled the first year with his ‘new’ team and all the critics who had things to say about the Heat.

“I thought that first year we didn’t handle it well,” he said. “I thought we took on a villain role.”

But that’s all changed.

Like fatherhood, and life itself, Wade is learning to take it all in stride and he’s having a good time along the way.

Wade will be back in South Florida this weekend for a couple of local book signings.

He’s got one scheduled for Friday Sept. 7th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Books & Books at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale and another Sunday Sept. 9th at 11:00 a.m. at Books & Books in Coral Gables.

If you’re interested in attending either book signing, you must purchase a book voucher from Books & Books to enter the event line.


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