Cape Town Tigers basketball team coach Rasheed Hazzard has asked the media to stop asking him about Zaire Wade’s father, NBA legend Dwyane Wade, following his team’s loss to Angolan side Petro de Luanda at the Basketball Africa League. Tigers lost heavily to runners-up Petro de Luanda, but Hazzard praised Zaire’s efforts, adding there was no need to compare him to his father, who critics sometimes think overshadows his son. Hazzard also called Zaire “unbelievable” and that the best version of Zaire was more than enough for Cape Town Tigers.
Zaire, who was a substitute during the game, scored nine points in the game, and seemed comfortable when responding to a reporter’s question about Angolan player Carlos Morais, who played against Dwyane Wade in the 2008 Olympics. Zaire said he had played against many players who have played with or against his father before, adding that it was “surreal” to be playing at such a high level so early in his career.
Earlier in the day, Ferroviário da Beira defeated Sierra Leonean side SLAC in a Basketball Africa League game, thanks to a record equaling 41 points from Will Perry. The Mozambique team won 109-97, with Ismael Nurmamade and Najeal Young amongst the goals to build an early lead. SLAC had made a comeback in the third and fourth quarters of the game, but Perry stepped up when his side needed it most, clinching a vital victory.