Skip to main content

“Go play this young fella” — Dwyane Wade's hilarious casino story with Allen Iverson and Eddie Jones

Allen Iverson prodded Dwyane Wade to gamble at the casino. But Wade had other ideas.
Miami Heat icon Dwayne Wade and Philadelphia 76ers great Allen Iverson

Dwyane Wade and Allen Iverson

Before Dwyane Wade became one of the iconic NBA players today, he was an eager young chap trying to meet some of his heroes. Eddie Jones, his teammate with the Miami Heat, once took Wade to a casino to introduce him to Allen Iverson. And it was one heck of a hilarious encounter.

$1000 chip

One of the reasons Wade wore no. 3  on his jersey was because it was Iverson's number. And so Wade did not pass up the opportunity to meet up with the great Philadelphia 76ers guard. Expectedly, Wade met Iverson at a casino.

So I go with Eddie Jones, and he knew Allen Iverson was one of my favorite players, so he wanted to introduce me. And he introduced me to Iverson right there when they were gambling, so Iverson’s gambling and I’m standing there the whole time. And he threw me a $1,000 chip and was like, ‘Yo, go play this, young fella.’ So I played $500, and I put the other $500 in my pocket, because I didn’t have money like that at the time,” Wade said.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

It’s one hilarious story. But we have to give Wade props for acting smart during that encounter. Yes, he was an NBA player bound to make millions of dollars. But Wade did not want to take things for granted. He wanted to secure the money bag first before he fully enjoyed it.

The first chip

Many consider Wade the third-best shooting guard in history. He’s behind the GOAT Michael Jordan and the Black Mamba Kobe Bryant. Third place doesn’t sound too bad when those greats surround you.

While Wade was part of the legendary 2003 NBA Draft Class, it was in 2006 that he set himself apart from LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosh, among others. Wade won his first NBA Championship in '06, making him the first from the banana boat crew to win a title.

Many thought LeBron was a lock to be the first guy to win a ring. James was the most hyped prospect in NBA history, but Wade was fortunate enough to land on Pat Riley's team and get Shaq as his teammate. (For those reading in Dallas, yes, and the help of referees who thought he had a subscription for the free throw line.)(For those reading in Detroit, yes, Darko Milicic was the first to win a title from the '03 Draft Class, but let's be real.)

Though Wade won two more titles, his first one will be the most discussed down the road. It is quite rare for an NBA player — just three years in — to understand and play the game at the highest level. It's not that surprising now that we know Wade was mature enough to pocket $500. 

The Ringer founder Bill Simmons

“They weren't testing during the playoffs” — Bill Simmons on PEDs in the NBA

The Ringer's founder said he finds “impossible to believe no great basketball star over the last 25 years didn't use HGH and other stuff during the playoffs when they weren't testing.”

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant

"Really just don't be a crybaby” — Kevin Durant shares the most important lesson he learned from Kobe Bryant

Kevin Durant, who has become known for his colorful personality on Twitter, recently shared that Kobe Bryant told him not to be a crybaby.

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson’s epic retort to Kobe Bryant’s loathing for the “boring” and “so simple” triangle offense

The Zen Master laid out the key benefits of the triangle offense in terms of player health and wellness.

Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan and guard Ron Harper

"I'd have one or two of your six rings" — Ron Harper claims the Cavaliers would've stopped Michael Jordan's first three-peat

Years before he joined Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls, Ron Harper was a member of the up-and-coming Cleveland Cavaliers squad.

Max Strus

Max Strus shares why the Miami Heat will bounce back this season after a disappointing start - "We have two young guys that are turning the corner of being superstars"

Strus breaks down why the Miami Heat will bounce back this season while giving high praise to Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro

Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd explains why he isn’t too concerned with the Dallas Mavericks' slow start to the season

Kidd believes that the Mavs are figuring things out slowly but surely, and ensured fans that they won't be winning any awards for the first 20 games of the season

Charles Barkley & Erik Spoelstra

Charles Barkley believes it's time for the Miami Heat to break the team up and start over

Barkley pondered whether or not it was time for the Heat to start from scratch amid their 11-14 run in the first 25 games of the season