The final game of what will be a Hall of Fame career for Dwyane Wade is closing in. While the Miami Heat remained alive for a playoff spot entering play Tuesday, the team used its final regular-season home game to celebrate its longtime star.
Wade was honored with a lengthy in-arena video tribute pregame before addressing the crowd that has cheered him on for 15 of his 16 NBA seasons. He also was honored during the Heat broadcast in the form of video tributes, the most notable one coming from big basketball fan and the 44th President of the United States: Barack Obama.
“D-Wade! Congratulations on a great run. Now, I know what you’re going through, because saying goodbye to a career that you love is never easy. I’ve been there. In my case though, I didn’t really have a choice. My knees were shot so I had to give up basketball forever,” Obama cracked.
He went on, paying tribute to Wade’s career: “You, on the other hand, look like you’re still hooping out there, and I imagine it’s a little tougher when you just completed one of the greatest careers in NBA history. For 16 years you’ve given us high-wire dunks, big shots in big moments, more blocks than any guard in history, you were willing to sacrifice your body in the lane and sometimes sacrifice your ego in pursuit of a title.
“Whenever you got knocked down you always showed us how to get back up. You showed some Chicago spirit in you, and you did us proud.
“From all of us who are fans of the game we just want to congratulate you on an extraordinary career, a career for the record books. I hope the next phase of your life is just as fulfilling and just as spectacular as this one has been.”
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Source: USA Today