For the last 18 years, Dwyane Wade has been a basketball superstar; from his time at Marquette University to his legendary 16-year career in the NBA, most of which was spent in Wade County with the Miami Heat. But now, upon his recent retirement, the 37-year-old former baller is adjusting to his newfound freedom with the help of his wife, Gabrielle Union.
In a recent interview with “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” Union opened up about her husband’s adjustments and revealed that the transition isn’t that easy for the athlete.
“He has no idea what’s happening,” Union laughed. “When he got into the NBA, he didn’t have any money. He was pretty close to poverty. And now he’s retired – he does OK for himself – but he’s like, ‘What’s this place? There’s all kinds of khaki shorts! And cargo shorts. And there’s all different colors! I’m like, ‘That’s Old Navy.’”
“He’s never been to a car wash; he’s like ‘I love it there,’ and I’m like, ‘The Car Wash,’ he’s like ‘Yes.’ He has no idea how much milk costs,” Union continued, poking fun at her husband. “He’s like, ‘What is that? About 20’ I’m like, ‘What kind of goat’s blood milk are you [drinking]? No. What?’” As Corden added, “It’s like he’s just come out of a coma!”
“He’s like Rip Van Winkle,” Union said. “He has no idea. It’s hilarious.”
Despite Wade’s confusion, Union revealed that her husband is excited to explore the world and all he’s missed during his time as a baller.
“We’ve got an amazing trip planned to the veterinarian. We have five dogs, and he’s never been to the vet,” she said. “He’s like, ‘So is there, like, a VIP?’ And I’m like, ‘No, it’s a general waiting room. We take the dogs.’ And he’s like, ‘And then what?’ And I’m like, ‘They get treated. Like the other dogs.’”
“It’s all discovery,” Union said. “He’s so excited.”