Dwyane Wade Says Goodbye To Miami Heat With #Onelastdance And Sold-Out Arena

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NBA legend Dwyane Wade said goodbye to the Miami Heat in the most epic way possible last night as he had #onelastdance and all of Miami showed up in support. With a legendary introduction that included a highlight reel of Wade’s career and shoutouts from his teammates and family, the No. 3 player entered the arena to deafening sounds of Wade County cheering him on.

He led the team as they faced off against the Philadelphia 76ers, opposing his longtime friend Jimmy Butler who celebrated his “L3EGACY” the night before at Wade’s intimate sendoff party. Scoring 30 points and helping lead the Heat to a 122-99 win, by the end of the night his beloved teammates swarmed the star and celebrated the end of his iconic professional basketball career. Former teammate and NBA legend Chris Bosh and wife Adrienne sat courtside and ran up to congratulate Wade in support, with Bosh noting that, “D Wade is one of the greatest players ever in the history of basketball and the history of this game,” via his Instagram stories.

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Wade emotionally recalled the beginning of his year when interviewed at the end of the game. “I think about the moment my agent came to the table in New York 2003 and told me the Heat was about to pick me at 5. And it was a numb feeling, similar to what I’m feeling right now. But thinking about coming back to this arena on that day, I heard the ovation, I heard the love and I’m appreciating it all over again. I’m more than appreciative now. I’m sitting here as the most thankful person in this stadium,” he said to an overwhelming round of applause and cheers.

And most memorably, he ended it by running into the crowd—funnily enough slamming right into his friends John Legend and Chrissy Teigen sitting front row next to his wife Gabrielle Union, and newborn baby, Kaavia James Union Wade.

And with that, Wade closed a chapter of his life saying goodbye to the courts of AmericanAirlines Arena as No. 3, and there were few dry eyes in the house. However, Miami will always be #wadecounty and the legendary Wade will continue to grace the city of Miami off the court, contributing to its legacy.

 

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