It was an emotional night in Miami on Tuesday night as the end of era came. Dwyane Wade, once a fresh-faced rookie from Marquette, took the floor for his final game as an NBA player for the Heat. Having seen their hopes of securing a playoff berth fall just short thanks to Detroit beating Memphis elsewhere, there was little to do but honor the legend, a three-time NBA champion.
Wade, who spent more than 14 seasons as a part of the team throughout his 16 year professional career, went out with a bang by dropping 30 points in his finale against the Philadelphia 76ers in a 122-99 win over the playoff-bound team. Wade’s career not only includes a legacy of big shots and championships, but also includes a willingness to bring in big stars to surround him and to make a positive impact in the community. He will be missed on the court, but I’m sure he’ll be around. Exit stage left, D-Wade. Job well done.