Encouraging and doling out advice to your child is part of the job description of a sports parent. Whether you’re picking up the spirits of your son or daughter after a rough game or being the cool dad who gives out a dap and a pound after your kid drops 20 points on an opponent, it’s your responsibility to shape the type of athlete your child will become.
In the case of Dwyane Wade’s 13-year-old son, Zaire, those roles were briefly reversed.
Ahead of D-Wade’s game against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night, Zaire sent his dad a lengthy text message that starts off in the most adorable way possible.
“These last few games I have been watching to see if I can help you with anything,” Zaire writes (as a single tear streams down the face of every human being in the world). He goes on to tell D-Wade that his recent game against the Chicago Bulls, in which he had 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists, was his best game of the season because he attacked the rim, which “causes defenders to suck in and opens up and-ones for you, wide open treys for your teammates etc.” Are we sure this kid is only 13?
It gets better. After telling his pops to “stay on attack mode big dog,” Zaire goes on to advise his dad to stop being so hard on himself and play because you love the game, not just because you’re obligated to.
This is, without a doubt, the greatest text message ever sent by a son to his father. Zaire’s basketball knowledge is already through the roof.