It's a somber night down in South Beach, as Dwyane Wade is playing in his last regular season home game at AmericanAirlines Arena, ahead of his retirement. Prior to tip-off against the Philadelphia 76ers, the court was adorned with the three NBA titles that Wade brought to the Miami Heat. That's when Wade took the microphone, and thanked everyone that played a factor in his 15-plus year NBA career, while also holding back tears.
One of the biggest takeaways from Wade's speech is that he thanked his teammates, who humbly dealt with all of the attention that came following his retirement announcement. The added media pressure was certainly a factor in the Heat's season, and Wade appreciates his comrades patience.
What will make Wade's final regular season game at home that much grander is a win, that could potentially lead to a playoff berth for Miami, who sit in 10th in the Eastern Conference at 38-42.
Dwyane Wade will play his final regular season game in Miami tonight vs Sixers— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) April 9, 2019
I’m not crying. You’re crying
Who wouldn't love to see Wade in one final NBA postseason? His legacy and influence on the game are massive, and he would make for another intriguing storyline for the playoffs.