Dwyane Wade's future plans aren't set past next week's Jr. NBA World Championships – CBSSports.com

A well-known NBA face will be stalking the sidelines during the inaugural Jr. NBA World Championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla. next week

As 16 of the best boys’ 13- and 14-year-old teams and 16 of the best girls’ 13- and 14-year-old teams from around the world will compete at the first-of-its-kind global youth tournament, Dwyane Wade – the three-time NBA champ who has developed a global following since signing with the Chinese shoe company Li-Ning in 2012 and becoming a Jr. NBA World Championship Global Ambassador – will be shouting encouragement. He’ll be offering tips to these 300-some players from 35 countries. And he’ll be wondering what the NBA would look like right now if these sorts of international developmental projects had been available when he joined the NBA a decade and a half ago.

“This is the purest form of basketball at this age,” Wade said in a conference call Monday. “To be able to be around kids of this age, before it becomes a business, a real business, it’s exciting just to watch kids go out there and give everything they have. To see them pick up things from moment to moment, from minute to minute, to watch them grow, it’s just incredible. It’s something that I love to do, that I love watching.”

The current state of the NBA proves that a youth world championship like this is, if anything, past due.

Wade also touched on his uncertain future (“In due time; time will tell”) as well as how his former teammate LeBron James will fare as a Los Angeles Laker and a combustible supporting cast (“We’ve all watched teams in the past that came together we didn’t think could work and they worked,

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