Dwyane Wade’s retirement tour is making for some sentimental moments as he visits arenas that were memorable to him for the last time.
One of those moments came Wednesday on Wade’s final trip to American Airlines Center in Dallas, the place where Wade won his first NBA title in 2006. Wade was the one who dribbled out the sixth and final game of the series, and he re-enacted that moment prior to Wednesday’s game.
— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) February 13, 2019
Wade has been the recipient of some pretty cool moments at visiting arenas this season. This one, however, likely has some significant sentimental value to him.
Dwyane Wade received his share of love from the Denver Nuggets and their fans during his last trip to the Mile High City as an NBA player.
The Dwyane Wade Farewell Tour stopped by Denver on Monday as the Miami Heat continue a six-game road trip. Prior to Wade checking into the game, a video tribute was shown at Pepsi Center with some of the future Hall of Famer’s memorable moments.
cool little moment here at Pepsi Center for one of my fav guards of all-time. Dwayne Wade.
— Kyle Berry (@kberryourhead) February 12, 2019
Wade entered play on Monday having played in 25 games in his career against the Nuggets. In them he has averaged 20.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 5.7 assists while shooting 47 percent from the floor.
Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki are currently playing out what will likely be the final season of two Hall of Fame careers, and the NBA has come up with a great way to honor them during the All-Star break.
Neither Nowitzki nor Wade was voted to the All-Star Game or chosen as a reserve, but the NBA announced on Friday that they have added both players to the event as “special team roster additions.” There will now be 13 players on each squad rather than 12.
The NBA just announced that Miami's Dwyane Wade and Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki have been special roster additions for the All-Star Game in Charlotte next month and will play in the game
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 1, 2019
NAMED special roster additions … there will now be 13 players on each of the squads picked by captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 1, 2019
Wade has already said he will retire following the season, and Nowitzki is likely to do the same.
Wade and Nowitzki had each been selected to 13 All-Star teams before this year, so the NBA’s classy move will give them both 14. While neither player really has the statistics this season to warrant an All-Star selection, the event is a meaningless exhibition. Honoring two of the greatest players of this generation makes sense, and the way the league went about it addresses Wade’s concern about why he didn’t want to be chosen.
Many fans want to see Dwyane Wade in the NBA All-Star Game this year simply because it is his last season in what has been a Hall of Fame career, but the 16-year veteran does not think that is enough of a reason for him to get the nod.
Wade finished second overall in Eastern Conference fan voting among all players this year, but he finished tied for third place among East guards with player and media votes also factored in. That means he did not earn a starting spot and would have to make the team as a reserve, and Wade admitted on Friday that he does not believe he should.
Dwyane Wade shares his thoughts on not being an All-Star starter: pic.twitter.com/DLqHyU2qnk
— Miami Herald Sports (@HeraldSports) January 25, 2019
“If I’m choosing an All-Star, I’m not picking me,” Wade said. “It’s not an indictment on anything, but guys that deserve to be All-Stars will be All-Stars.”
Wade is averaging 13.8 points and 4.2 assists per game this year. During Thursday night’s TNT broadcast, Charles Barkley said he is against Wade getting a reserve spot as part of his farewell tour because that means snubbing a player who deserved it more. Wade joked on Friday that he actually agrees with Barkley “for the first time.”
“There’s a lot of guys that get their first chance to be All-Stars, and if they deserve it then they deserve it and they should have those spots,” Wade added. “I appreciate the love from my fans to even vote me, to have as many votes as I did. But from an All-Star standpoint, there’s multiple guys that deserve to be in there and I hope they get their opportunity.”
Ben Simmons and Eric Bledsoe are two other guards who would be making their first All-Star appearance, and both have played better than Wade this season. Another player who would have been a candidate suffered a gruesome knee injury this week, but there are still seven other players who deserve to be picked over Wade.
On one hand, the All-Star Game is a largely meaningless event that can provide a nice send-off for players in their final season, kind of like what we saw with Kobe Bryant in 2016. On the other, you’d hate to be the player who got overlooked simply because a guy like Wade is retiring.
Dwyane Wade may find himself doing a lot of sitting around when his NBA career officially comes to an end later this year, but fortunately he has friends like Donovan Mitchell to help keep him comfortable in retirement.
Wade’s farewell tour continued on Wednesday when the Heat traveled to Utah, and the Jazz held a private dinner for him the night before the game. The three-time NBA champion was presented with some thoughtful gifts, including a rocking chair from Mitchell.
At a private #OneLastDance dinner on Tuesday night in Utah, Donovan Mitchell gifted Dwyane Wade with a rocking chair.
Both men, more than players, are standup individuals and excellent role models. Oh, and funny as hell. pic.twitter.com/NyaZPO8jnr
— Tzvi Twersky (@TTwersky) December 12, 2018
There’s nothing better than players getting trolled with retirement gifts, and Wade isn’t the first NBA player we have seen get some funny ones. He can probably expect many more as the season rolls on.
The Los Angeles Lakers showed Dwyane Wade some love during his trip to Staples Center on Monday night.
The Miami Heat on Monday played the Los Angeles Lakers for the final time this season. The occasion marked the final time Wade and long-time friend LeBron James would be on the court together as competitors, barring an unlikely meeting in the NBA Finals.
The Lakers took the opportunity to play a tribute video for Wade, who embraced James afterward.
— NBA (@NBA) December 11, 2018
Wade is putting the final touches on a Hall of Fame career. He will likely receive other tributes between now and the end of the season after previously announcing this would be his farewell year. This one will probably be among the more memorable.
Dwyane Wade is back for his first full season with the Miami Heat since leaving in 2016, and now head coach Erik Spoelstra is comfortable spilling some tea about the time that Wade was away.
Before the Heat played the Chicago Bulls on Friday, Spoelstra shared a funny story from when Wade played for the Bulls during the 2016-17 season. The veteran coach said that he put a $5,000 fine on any of his Heat players who fell for a Wade pump fake, per KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he put a $5K fine on any player he fell for a Dwyane Wade pump fake when Wade played for Bulls.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) November 23, 2018
Wade was with the Heat for his first 13 NBA seasons before leaving, including eight of those with Spoelstra as his head coach. Thus, it’s reasonable to expect that the entire organization would be quite familiar with his bag of tricks.
Some NBA coaches have implemented similar kinds of fines in the past, but now that Wade is back with the Heat to finish his career, we can safely say that this story had a happy ending.