User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Soccer
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Fantasy camp gives Wade chance to reflect

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - Tom Crean still cannot forget the vehicle that Dwyane Wade was driving a decade ago.

Advertisement
It was Wade's final season at Marquette, where Crean was coaching at the time. Wade had moved off-campus after getting married and having his first son. And his vehicle got broken into three times during that Final Four season. Making it road-worthy again would have cost $900. The car was only worth $700 at the time.

The repairs never got made.

Wade waited until after the semester to get that new car, a blue Cadillac Escalade.

``The moral to the story is, the guy never got away from what his priorities were,'' said Crean, now the coach at Indiana but still a close mentor to Wade. ``... It would have been so easy for him to leave school and get the things he needed. He could have gotten away from his academics because he was leaving for the NBA.''

Fast forward to Friday, when Wade's third annual fantasy camp was getting going in earnest at a posh hotel in South Florida, with a slew of Escalades parked in a long line just outside the front doors. The 10th anniversary of Wade signing his first contract with the Miami Heat - a $7 million, three-year deal - is Monday, and the now three-time NBA champion still cannot believe how much his world has changed over this last decade.

``I remember just staring at my first check for a whole day,'' Wade said. ``It was more than I think my father made in like five years, combined.''

It would have been impossible to imagine at the time, but nowadays, deep-pocketed guys think nothing of spending $10,500 to be like Wade for a long weekend. They get his Li Ning sneakers, plenty of gear, and the experience of playing alongside celebrities like comic Kevin Hart and for some of Wade's closest allies - including Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, his college coach in Crean, his longtime trainer Tim Grover and his high school coach Jack Fitzgerald.

``This is one of the things I look forward to in the summer,'' Wade said. ``I've been excited about this camp. I like this camp. I've been like, `Ah, I can't wait for this camp.' I really enjoy it. I enjoy being around these guys.''

In some respects, the camp serves as the end of Wade's summer.

The kids are heading back to school, and while there's still a few fun things left before the Heat convene late next month to start the quest of winning a third straight NBA title - Wade's brother, as well as teammates Udonis Haslem and LeBron James are all getting married in the coming weeks, for example - he's starting to get into basketball mode again.

Wade took several weeks off to rest after the NBA Finals, after fighting bone bruises in his knee for about three months. He's starting to feel better now, and did his first real workout of the offseason on Thursday night.

And on Friday, he vowed to be ready for training camp.

``I'll be coming in prepared and ready, but I won't be ready for opening night,'' Wade said. ``I'll be ready for opening night when opening night gets here. I have a good amount of time.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Rogers: Wednesday's Tip Sheet
Wizards rally past Lakers, 98-92
Jennings has successful Achilles surgery
Clippers' Barnes fined $25K for language
Rockets' Howard questionable for Mavs
Governor proposes plan to help Bucks
Durant, Watt sign with American Family
Knicks sign Galloway for rest of season
LeBron, Cavs back in title conversation
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
13-5 Streak, +2,057 This Year
21-3 L24, 79% +1,567 TY
25-9 L34 Picks, 23-11 G-Plays TY
17-5 L22 G-Plays, 37-16 NBA Run
9-4 L13 Totals, +1,697 TY
12-5 L17 Guaranteed Plays
12-6 Last 18 NBA Picks
9-2 L11 Guarantees, +1,572 TY
5-1 Last 6 Over/Unders
3-0 L3, 15-7 L22 Guarantees
7-2 Last 9 NBA Run
8-4 Last 12 Guarantees
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks
2014 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mark Franco + 2057
Bill Marzano + 1704
Stephen Nover + 1697
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 300
Mark Franco + 275
The SportsBoss + 184
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Dave Cokin 79 %
Brian Edwards 63 %
Mark Franco 61 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mark Franco + 2046
Bill Marzano + 1815
Dave Cokin + 1575
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 515
Kyle Hunter + 499
Don Anthony + 477
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1190
Bill Marzano + 811
The Gold Sheet + 710
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy Sager Bomb