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LeBron James rushed to his "nephew" Zaire Wade's defense when Internet trolls mocked the 19-year-old after he was drafted by a G-league basketball team.

Zaire, eldest son of former NBA star Dwyane Wade, signed a player contract with the G-league's Salt Lake City Stars, an affiliate of the Utah Jazz two weeks ago.

As soon as the news broke, critics descended on social media and blogs to diss the teenager who has struggled to fill his father's shoes.

LeBron, whose Lakers are 1-2, defended the youngster in social media posts over the weekend. LeBron is sick and tired of broke people bullying Zaire.

"Proud of you nephew!!! Keep going and F the haters!! They ain't [shit] anyway," he wrote.

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LeBron also left a comment under an Instagram post about Bill Belichick's son being a coach for the New England Patriots.

LeBron wrote:

"FACTS!!!. I'm so sick of people and their opinions on shit that ain't got nothing to do with them!!"

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Zaire attended Brewster Academy in New Hampshire after playing basketball for high school powerhouse Sierra Canyon in California, alongside LeBron's son, Bronny James.

Zaire decided to skip college to realize his dream to follow in his dad's footsteps into the NBA.

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However, critics argued that Zaire is not his dad. They claim he is just not good enough -- even for the G-league -- and that he should go to college, like his father did, to gain more experience.

Eureweb.com writes:

"Not for nothing? Not for NOTHING at all, but Zaire could stand to play collegiate basketball for two more years. He isn’t particularly great at anything. Is he a good basketball player? I mean, yeah. He can shoot, sometimes. He can get to the basket, sometimes. He can score with a hand in his face, sometimes. Has shown the ability to play above the rim, sometimes."

Question: Do you think people are being too hard on Zaire?

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Zaire Wade, son of former NBA star Dwyane Wade, signed a player contract with the G League's Salt Lake City Stars, an affiliate of the Utah Jazz.

Dwyane, who retired from the NBA in 2019, is part owner of the Jazz, and proudly posted an Instagram video announcing the news.

In the video, Zaire, who is seen celebrating his new contract, states:

"I feel good, I feel confident. I just signed the standard player contract for the G League. October 11, 2021. 19 years old. Yessir."

Zaire transferred to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire after playing at high school powerhouse Sierra Canyon in California, with LeBron James' son Bronny.

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Zaire, 2nd from left, sat on the bench for most of his first season at Sierra Canyon High School after tearing a ligament in his right ankle.

The 19-year-old received several offers from small colleges. However, he chose to skip college to follow in his father's NBA footsteps.

Players who perform well in the G League are typically called up to the NBA where they are awarded with big money contracts.

Zaire's mother, Siohvaughn Funches, also shares 14-year-old MtF trans Zara, formerly Zion, with ex-husband, Wade.

Zaire has a half brother, Xavier, 7, and half sister, Kaavia, 2.

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Dwyane Wade's eldest son, Zaire Wade, has decided what school to transfer to after riding the bench with LeBron James's son Bronny James, at Sierra Academy.

Zaire, who will graduate from Sierra, will play a postgraduate year at Brewster rather than enter college.

Last year, social media bloggers claimed Dwyane Wade was unhappy with Andre Chevalier, the head coach of Sierra Canyon, over the lack of playing time for his son.

Wade, 38, was reportedly unhappy with the attention lavished on Bronny, a rising star freshman on the highly touted boys basketball team.

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According to a published report, Wade argued with Chevalier about playing his son more. The same report claims Wade was considering transferring Zaire to another high school where he is not outshined by better caliber players.

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Everywhere the Trailblazers went this season, the media hordes followed LeBron James's son Bronny, 15.

It was all too much for Zaire and his father. Now Zaire has announced he will take his talents to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.

The 17-year-old announced his decision to little fanfare on Instagram.com.

He posted a mock photo of himself wearing a Brewster Academy uniform. He captioned the image: "Told em it's another route, ima take the other way .. #NextStep."

One rude follower said Zaire's announcement would have received more press attention if he came out as transgender like his little brother, Zaya Wade.
 

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Last year, social media bloggers claimed retired NBA star Dwyane Wade was unhappy with the head coach of his son, Zaire Wade's basketball team. It seems the reports were true.

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Wade, 38, is reportedly unhappy with the attention lavished on LeBron James's son Bronny James (pictured), a rising star on the highly touted Sierra Canyon High School basketball team.

Before Zaire suffered a foot injury in early December, Wade reportedly had a heated argument with Sierra Canyon head coach Andre Chevalier over Zaire not getting enough playing time.

When Zaire recovered from his injury, he still didn't get the coveted playing time that Wade is paying for.

Wade, who was hired by TNT as a sports analyst, was asked whether he would attend Saturday's State Championship game.

"I will not be there. My son ain't playing and I don't want to do nothing to the coach," he said, suggesting they might come to blows. He added, "I won't be there but I'll be rooting for the kids."

Wade's conflict with the head coach threatens to drive a wedge between Wade and James, 35, who is staying out of the drama.

Zaire was touted to follow in his superstar dad's footsteps. But he has not lived up to the hype at Sierra Canyon. That's a hard pill to swallow for Wade who lives vicariously though his children.

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According to a published report, Wade argued with Chevalier about playing his son more. The same report claims Wade was considering transferring Zaire to another high school where he is not outshined by better caliber players.

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Everywhere the 30-4 Trailblazers went this season, the media hordes followed LeBron James's son Bronny.

Zaire, a 17-year-old senior, and Bronny, a 15-year-old freshman, are bench players on a team that boasts Amari Bailey, the No. 6 high school player in the nation, and Brandon Boston Jr., a five-star recruit heading to Kentucky next year.

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Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, 47, pictured with Zaire, share 19-month-old daughter Kaavia James, and Wade fathered a son, Xavier, 6, with his fan, Aja Metoyer, 36.

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Dwyane Wade's ex-wife is apparently not on board with his new "woke" agenda. Dr. Siohvaughn Funches still refers to her youngest child, Zion Wade, as her son.

Wade and his wife, troubled actress Gabrielle Union, 47, delighted in telling the world that 12-year-old Zion is now a "Zaya", a "transgender" girl.

But Funches apparently did not get the memo. While she hasn't spoken out publicly about her emotionally troubled child, insiders say she still refers to Zion as her son.

Sources say the deeply religious Funches, who divorced Wade when Zion was a toddler, refers to the boy as Zion, not Zaya, as he prefers to be called nowadays.

She also uses male pronouns for Zion and his older brother, Zaire Wade, 18.

Zaire, a standout basketball player at L.A.'s Sierra Canyon Day School, is very supportive of Zion. He penned a heartfelt note to his little brother, whom he calls his best friend.

Man, I remember bugging my mom as a kid telling her I wanted a brother so bad. I was the only child looking for company and someone to look after and take care of," he wrote on Instagram. "I have been blessed to have my best friend, Zaya with me for 12 years. We did everything together...we fought, we played, we laughed and we cried. But the one thing we never did was leave each other behind..."
 


 

Dwyane Wade's eldest son, Zaire Wade defended his little brother Zion Wade after the effeminate boy was criticized for wearing fake nails in a Thanksgiving photo.

The controversy erupted on Thanksgiving Day when Wade's wife, actress Gabrielle Union, 47, posted a Thanksgiving family photo on Instagram.


 

In the photo, Zion, 12, dresses seductively in a crop top and leggings. He also wears sharp acrylic talons and lipstick.

Zion, then-11, came out during Miami's Pride parade in April. Union proudly rode on a float with him during the parade.

Wade, 37, responded to critics by telling them to kindly mind their own business and he will raise his son as he sees fit.

In defense of his brother, Zaire, 17, posted an Instagram photo that shows him sitting on a throne while his brother stands next to the chair.

The caption reads: "We didn't ask for y'all opinion."

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Wade and Union showed their support for Zaire's post in the comment section, with Union commenting "Facts."

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Wade is pictured at his retirement ceremony with his infant daughter Kaavia, 1, and sons Zion, center, Zaire, right, and Xavier, 6.

Zaire and Zion are Wade's sons by his first wife Siohvaughn Funches, a 38-year-old attorney and book author who resides in Atlanta.

Siohvaughn is pictured below with her sons and Zaire's girlfriend.
 

Dwyane Wade's ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches spent Mother's Day with her sons. Siohvaughn posted Instagram photos of her Mother's Day get-together with her sons, Zion and Zaire Wade and Zaire's girlfriend.

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