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Dwyane Wade has been living his best life lately.

Since his NBA farewell tour last season, he’s had time to spend with family– and more importantly, support his two sons in different ways. Zaire, Wade’s eldest son is balling out alongside LeBron James Jr. at Sierra Canyon, and his 12-year-old child Zion is finally coming into thereself.

Wade opened up about the critique he’s been getting for allowing Zion to express himself freely on the latest episode of All the Smoke with NBA vets Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson.

“You want to talk about strength and courage…my 12-year-old has way more than I have,” Wade said at the 30:50 mark. “You can learn something from your kids. In our household, that’s all we talk about. We talk about making sure our kids are seen by each of us. Me and my wife, we talk about making sure our kids understand the power in their voice. We want them to be whatever they feel they can be in this world. That’s our goal.”

He continued, explaining that his love for his child has never wavered despite all the uproar on social media.

“I’ve watched my son from day one become into who she now eventually has come into. For me it’s all about, nothing changes with my love,” he added.

The NBA champion did make it clear that it wasn’t always that way, and when watching Zion as a toddler he had to correct some of his old ways of thinking.

“I had to look myself in the mirror when my son at the time was three years old and me and my wife started having conversations about us noticing that he wasn’t on the boy vibe that Zaire was on,” Wade said. “And, I had to look myself in the mirror and say, ‘What if your son comes home and tell you he’s gay?'” he continued. “‘ What are you going to do? How are you going to be? How are you going to act? It ain’t about him. He knows who he is. It’s about you. Who are you?’ That’s what my wife has been able to do. So, it’s been cool.”Elsewhere in the podcast, Wade talks about all the changes retirement has brought to him and Zaire talents on the court.

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