It was still fresh, ten years ago when Dwyane Wade in the NBA playoffs in the first round with all the dramatics, suffered a hip contusion walked onto the court in the second half and continued to play against Chicago. It was a memorable moment when he scored 28 points and delivered the win in Game 5. Four weeks later after spending the night in the hospital for a sinus infection and was continuously vomiting, he still played and sealed the win against Detroit. This has been Dwayne’s storied career.
Nobody in the NBA right now sacrifice so much of himself that he left everything, his heart and soul for a team to win championships. He was the cornerstone of the recruitment for Lebron James and Chris Bosh that gave Miami 2 more championships. Wade brushed away his ego and took less than his maximum-salary value for three straight deals in order for Miami to get as many talents in their roster. Including a $10 million giveback in 2014 for Bosh to retain in Miami, while Lebron goes back to Cleveland.
With the frenzied Kevin Durant free agency, Miami took a bite of the hoopla after signing Hassan Whiteside to a multi-million deal. Hoping Durant would sign, and once again Wade will took the lesser money and guaranteed contract.
13 years Dwyane gave Miami three championships. He led the old Shaq to another title, gave Lebron his team and would do anything for Miami to get back into contention. He wanted a third year contract assurance to be with his team, and he was reciprocated with a 2 year contract and a low offer.
This wasn’t all about money, this was about loyalty and the sacrifices he gave for this franchise. We all know his best years are gone, he might be a step slower now but what he had done to Miami is beyond comprehension.
The Lakers, gave Kobe the contract he wanted on his swan song. Kevin Garnett was signed to a multi-year contract by Minnesota at age 40. These were the franchises way of getting back after years of service and dedication. Wade gave much of himself for a team that is already preparing their future without him.
Dwyane agreed to play with the Chicago Bulls this season. He is going back to the place where he and his family survived on food stamps when he was a kid. Where he learned to be tough. Back to the place where he and his dad practiced shooting with his left hand until midnight with tears on his eyes due to exhaustion. To the place where he idolized Michael Jordan growing up.
And to the place where he is finally appreciated.