Dwyane Wade to Be Featured in ESPN Documentary About His Life and Career

Dwyane Wade’s post-basketball evolution continues apace. On February 23 at 9 pm ET—a week after his hometown of Chicago hosts the 2020 All-Star Game—the three-time NBA champion with the Miami Heat will star in a documentary on ESPN entitled D. Wade: Life Unexpected.

The film, directed and executive produced by Dwyane’s long-time cinematographer and friend Bob Metelus, will take viewers behind the scenes of the future Hall of Famer’s preparations for his final pro season in 2018-19. Along the way, fans will get to see scenes pulled from hundreds of hours of exclusive footage from Dwyane’s life, including video diaries, home movies and verite footage shot over the last 10 years.

“I’m excited to share a side of myself with the world that not many people may know,” Dwyane said in a statement. “This deeply personal documentary will give fans a never-before seen look not only at the behind-the-scenes of my sixteen year career in the NBA, but will peel back the curtain on my personal life – the highs, the lows and everything in between –  showing how I created my own path to get to where I am today.”

The documentary will detail everything from his rough upbringing in Chicago and growth as a basketball player and father at Marquette University, to his custody battle for his children with his ex-wife, his relationship with his current wife, the actress Gabrielle Union-Wade; and embracing his child Zion’s gender identity. The film will also include never-before-scene footage of Dwyane during 2010 free agency—including the moment he learned that LeBron James would be joining him on the Heat—as well as interviews with NBA legends like Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Pat Riley and Udonis Haslem.

Other associates involved with the production of D. Wade: Life Unexpected include Academy Award winners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, Emmy winner Sam Pollard, Imagine Documentaries President Justin Wilkes and Executive Vice President Sara Bernstein.


Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.