Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are a celebrity couple, but it was their five-month-old daughter, Kaavia James Union Wade, who recently stole the show during the NBA player’s last press conference before retirement.
Wade, 37, played his last home game with the Miami Heat on Tuesday at the American Airlines Arena, and although the event was filled with emotional and hilarious highlights, Kaavia managed to get her star moment.
The adorable tot, dressed in the Heat’s signature red, sat courtside in the hands of her actress mom beside celebrity friends of the family, John legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen.
[Wade] earlier disclosed that he'd be seeking therapy post-retirement to deal with the “big change”
Wade changed into a sleek red suit for a press conference after the game and he and Kaavia in matching ensembles made for a pretty cute sight.
Dwayne Wade (center) with (L-R) wife Gabrielle Union, his nephew Dahveon Morris, and children Kaavia , Zion, Zaire & Xavier at Dwyane’s final home game in Miami on Apr.09, 2019. |Photo: Getty Images.
The 13-time NBA All-Star fielded questions from reporters while cuddling his baby girl and giving her occasional kisses. Kaavia, meanwhile, kept herself busy with pulling at her father’s outfit.
At some point, the little girl sneezed three times, and Wade joked: “Okay! Here we go! WNBA No.3”
Wade, who has three other children from two previous relationships and a nephew he’s raising, revealed that he’ll be putting in more time as a father now that he’s retiring.
“I got a lot of kids, so I gotta do a little more fathering, and my wife has an amazing career,” he said. “I gotta go to the set a little bit more to support her. I actually want to rest a little bit; play some golf, get a tan.”
The 3-time NBA Champion also got emotional while reminiscing on his career with the Miami Heat, his first NBA team far back in 2003.
“It’s meant everything. To come here and be able to be embraced; to be able to find a home, to be able to grow. I think that’s the one thing. When I was on the court early on and Stan [Van Gundy] let me grow, as a player, or whether it was mistakes I made in life or whatever it was, this city has allowed me to grow."
"I hope they are proud of what they have helped me become. This city means everything to me. It’s forever, forever, forever going to be my home.”
Union, 46, also paid tribute to her husband’s retirement with a video of Wade proudly giving their daughter a tour of his career highlights documented in pictures on an entire wall.
“Our hero. Bigger Than Basketball” wrote the “Being Mary Jane” actress.
Wade, who shot 30 points in 34 minutes in the 122-99 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, had earlier disclosed that he'd be seeking therapy post-retirement to deal with the “big change” because basketball has been a central aspect of his life for a long time.