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Dwyane Wade on How Basketball Made Him a Better Father

Dwyane Wade Admits He's Been on the Receiving End of Kaavia's Famous Side-Eye

Dwyane Wade said his career as a basketball player has helped him to become a better father.

While promoting his new memoir, Dwyane, the three-time NBA champ explained how he employed his skills on the court with his children, 19-year-old son Zaire, 14-year-old daughter Zaya and 8-year-old son Xavier from previous relationships, as well as his and wife Gabrielle Union's 3-year-old daughter, Kaavia.

"Trying to understand the game of basketball is learning how to work with others," he said in an interview on Good Morning America. "To win a championship ... it's all about everyone playing their role. I take that same mentality home. We're a team, me and my wife. We are leaders, we are partners. As a leader, sometimes you've got to stand back and you've got to allow others to lead, and sometimes, as a leader, you have to lead. We lead at different times, and other times we've got to be role players and we've got to set screens."

Still, no amount of pro training seems to have prepared Wade for Kaavia's now-famous side eye.

He worried that he is "in trouble" and recalled a recent encounter: "The other day, I went in her room and I kissed her and I said, 'Bye, baby. I'm going to work.' I had to come back in the house for something and she [saw] me and looked at me and she gave me that eye and she said, 'Daddy, go to work.'"

He joked: "I'm getting it already!"

Wade's memoir – which is on bookshelves Nov. 16 – includes more than 200 intimate photos of him and his family and is his attempt to "show the human side" of sports stardom. In fact, he recalled how Michael Jordan was an image for him when he was young, and how he hopes to be the same thing for a "little Dwyane" out there.

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