The greatest player in Heat franchise history finally got his jersey retired. Number three was immortalized in the rafter of the American Airlines Arena. The three day event to honor South Florida’s greatest athlete didn’t disappoint at the Heat did a fantastic job dedicating the whole weekend to Wade. I was lucky enough to attend two of the three nights during Wade Weekend.
Friday night’s event was fun as the Heat went in depth showing the greatest moments throughout Wades career.He was joined by many of his former and current teammates and coaches telling stories from the past. The night however began with a surprise performance from Rick Ross, Dwyane Wade, and Udonis Haslem performing their new song “Season Ticket Holder”.
Video messages from LeBron James and Shaq played as both couldn’t be there but sent their best wishes. Chris Bosh, Ray Allen, Erik Spoelstra, Alonzo Mourning, and Pat Riley were among the many that joined the stage to talk about Wades Historic career. An interesting conversation that took place was Ray Allen discussing the problems he still has with his former Boston teammates. Udonis Haslem was quick to show Allen support from all Heat nation.
Overall the Night was amazing and really did showcase the amazing career Dwyane had and his impact In Miami. It ended as Miami showed the number banner for the first time as Confetti rained down to end the night.
The Heat played the Cavs Saturday night in a game which was never really close. Despite Jimmy Butler missing the game due to personal reasons, The Heat coasted to an easy win. Halftime featured Number three being raised to the rafters along with a beautiful speech by Wade.
Wade thanked everyone from his high school days to his final days playing. The speech was beautiful and captivated what was an emotional night Wade and the city of Miami will surely never forget. His jersey was raised by his son Zaire Wade and Wife Gabrielle Union as Wade looked on. It was an amazing night in which the game really never seemed to matter as Miami celebrated the legacy of a legend.
Sadly this was the only event I was not able to attend in person but the two-hour in-depth film took a look behind the scenes of Wade’s career. The film premiered on ESPN last night and was filmed by Dwyane’s personal film crew throughout the years. You can check out the film on ESPN as they go through free agency periods, Wade’s design to leave Miami, and His return.
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