Zaire Wade (20 years old and 1.90 m) has not had an easy career in basketball, After his years in high school, Dwayne’s son decided to make the jump into professionalism without stepping past university. His destination, the Salt Lake City Stars of the Development League (G-League), the championship of the NBA’s affiliated teams, selected him at number 10 in the 2021 draft.
His first steps with the elders were short-lived. Only 13 games left him unemployed for ten months before suffering a serious knee injury in March 2022, Despite that hard blow, the firstborn Flash He did not lose heart and after his recovery, he has started a new adventure with Africa, which is likely to be the next chapter.
Zaire participated in the Basketball Africa League Combine in mid-January along with 29 other players from all corners of the world. The aim is to showcase your skills to be part of one of the 12 African team teams participating in the NBA and FIBA-sponsored competition, which is on its way to its third season.
,my road is a roller coaster no one’s ever been on, There are experiences I haven’t had, but the best is yet to come. Nothing is over, the best is yet to come and I know it,” Wade told SDNA’s Christos Soultas. His dream is to be selected by BC Aspire Fukash, a team from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to honor his name.: The country was known as Zaire between 1971 and 1997 after gaining independence from Belgium. “That intention really came after playing in the BAL,” he says.
But what matters most to the son of the winner of three NBA rings is that the BAL serves as a springboard to higher levels. ,This will be a good opportunity because the most important thing is that you are being watched by the NBA and FIBA (above), And no other league really gives you any attention,” he continues. “That way, I can also get dual citizenship, which will actually allow me to continue my career, so it’s a good opportunity.” “
Europe would be a great landing for him after the African tournament. ,I’m definitely looking forward to playing there. If an opportunity presents itself to me, I am certainly open., I’ve tried European basketball after participating in previous combinations. I am ready for anything that can come in my sight.
basketball africa league
The Basketball Africa League is a championship recently created by the NBA and FIBA to raise the level of basketball on the continent. It consists of 12 teams from different African countries divided into two conferences., of the Nile in Cairo (Egypt) and of the Sahara in Dakar (Senegal), six sets each. The best four from each qualify for a one-game playoff, which is played in Kigali (Rwanda). Clubs are made up of 13 players. Eight must be from the African country in question, two from elsewhere on the continent. The nationality of the last two is indifferent.