Dwyane Wade is playing his final home game with the Miami Heat on Tuesday night before retiring from the NBA after the season, and the price to watch him in person is surging.
According to ticket service TickPick, the average ticket price to watch Wade’s farewell home game is $716. Their most expensive ticket remaining is going for $1,451.
Wade is the best and most beloved player in Miami Heat history. He was drafted by the franchise in 2003, made the All-Star team in his second year (his first of 13 selections), won three championships and a scoring title for the team. He spent two seasons with other teams (the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers) before returning to the Heat last season.
Paul Pierce was heavily criticized over the weekend for making the argument that he had a better NBA career than Dwyane Wade, and the Boston Celtics legend has no intention of backing down from that claim.
Pierce said during ESPN’s NBA coverage on Friday that he would “be sitting on five or six championships, easy” if he played with Hall of Famers like Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James during the prime of his career. Wade fired back on Twitter and made it clear that he disagrees, but Pierce kept up the argument on Saturday by sharing arguments in favor of his career over Wade’s.
No one is debating that Pierce had an incredible career and is a Hall of Famer, but trying to convince people of why his career was better than a fellow future Hall of Famer’s is a bad look. Even if he thinks he did more during his time in the NBA than Wade has, he should leave that for other people to debate.
Wade himself had already responded to Pierce in a slightly more muted fashion, and it’s no surprise that family sticks together. For many people, it does come down to championship rings, and Wade has three of them while Pierce can only claim one.
Pierce is a Hall-of-Famer. Wade will be one when his time comes. But Pierce definitely has an ego, too, and he started the discussion. Everyone else in Wade’s corner seems intent on finishing it.
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade has four games remaining in his NBA career, and he’s already started preparing for life after basketball.
Wade admitted that he intends to speak to a therapist after he moves into retirement as he will seek to come to grips with the huge life change.
“I’ll be in therapy. Seriously,” Wade told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “I meant it, it is going to be a big change. I told my wife, I said, ‘I need to do therapy, and we need to do a little bit.’
“I was always against someone that don’t know me telling me how to live my life or giving me instructions. But I need someone to talk to about it. Because it is a big change. Even though I got a long life to live, other great things I can accomplish and do, it’s not this. So it’s going to be different.”
For now, Wade has been engaging in some sentimentality as he heads down the final stretch of his NBA career. He deserves some credit for realizing how tough life after basketball will be for him and taking steps to proactively address that.
The final days of Dwyane Wade’s NBA playing career are coming to a close, giving fans limited chances to watch him play.
The Miami Heat only have four games remaining — road games on Friday, Sunday and Wednesday, and a home game on Tuesday. Wade will be honored with a ceremony prior Tuesday’s home game in Miami against the 76ers. There was some thought that TNT would televise the game, but they are not doing so and instead will have a double-header featuring Boston-Washington and OKC-Houston.
According to The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, the reason TNT is not televising the Heat game on Tuesday is because it doesn’t work timing-wise.
Per source, TNT had strong interest in carrying Heat-76ers instead of Boston-Washington on Tuesday night but couldn't because Heat game couldn't be moved up to 7 because of pregame Wade ceremony and TNT couldn't move later the 930 pm Houston-OKC game.
The Heat-Sixers game is scheduled for 7:30 pm ET on Tuesday. Jackson says Miami wasn’t able to get the Rockets-Thunder game pushed back from its 9:30 start time, nor could the Heat game be moved to 7:00 pm due to the Wade pregame ceremony.
Sunday’s game at Toronto will be on NBATV, which will be the only one of Wade’s four remaining games to be nationally-televised.
Dwyane Wade played so well on Saturday night that his performance left Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks extremely complimentary.
Wade scored 20 points on 9/16 shooting in the Miami Heat’s 113-108 win in DC. He scored 9 straight points for the Heat in the fourth quarter and was a major factor down the stretch helping the Heat win.
After the game, Brooks said Wade was too good to retire and joked that the league should fine the Heat for allowing the star to walk away.
Scott Brooks on Dwyane Wade: "The NBA needs to fine the Miami Heat for allowing him to retire. … They should not allow him to retire. He's too good."
If Wade sticks to his plan to walk away after the season, he’ll go out being remembered for his magical ways rather than for being a guy who embarrassed himself in the end. He’s still capable of playing at a high level.
The Heat assured fans that Wade would be OK by saying he would return to the game. He came back in with under six minutes remaining in the game. He went on to score four of his 10 points over the final minutes.
Wade is averaging 14.1 points per game off the bench in his final NBA season.
That’s because CP3’s Rockets will host Wade’s Heat in that one. While Miami is 27-33 and 10th in the East standings, the Rockets are 36-25 and fifth in the West. Houston can’t afford many more losses while trying to secure some sort of homecourt advantage, so Wade will have to save his magic for another time.
Wade had one of his best games of the season. He put up 25 points on 10/17 shooting, including 5/8 on threes. Even at 37 and on his farewell tour, D-Wade can still bring it sometimes.
Dwyane Wade didn’t take all the credit for his game-winner against the Golden State Warriors.
It was Wade to the rescue on Wednesday at the end of the game. With just over a second remaining in regulation and his team down 125-123, Wade had a three-point attempt blocked. Luckily he was able to recover and launched another attempt off of one foot. This time the shot was good with the clock hitting all zeroes while the ball was in the air to give Miami the win.
Following the game, Wade reminisced about a game-winner Kobe Bryant hit against him in Los Angeles. He then thanked Bryant for “showing him the way.”