The Miami Heat, to nobody's surprise, opted to do right in Dwyane Wade's honor by hosting a weekend-long jersey-retirement ceremony that will be capped with the hanging of his iconic No. 3 jersey into the rafters at American Airlines Arena. The festivities began on Saturday night with Wade, oozing emotion, greeting the thousands of Heat fans in attendance for the ceremony.
As expected, not one seat in the arena was being used as Wade strutted onto the hardwood.
Flash then graciously embraced a baby whom a diehard family named after him.
Next up was the actual retirement ceremony at halftime, where the Heat got the ball rolling with a moving tribute video for the three-time champion.
We can confirm that some "wise guy" is, in fact, cutting onions.
And finally, we have Wade's jersey making its way up to the rafters, permanently enshrining No. 3 as a Heat legend. He becomes the seventh player in franchise history to have his jersey retired.
Pat Riley giving the ever-important congratulatory speech? This really could not have been done better by the Heat.
The Heat selected Wade with the No. 5 overall pick back in 2003. The rest is literal history as Wade went on to become the team's all-time leader in points, assists, steals, and minutes played. He famously won three titles with Miami and was named to 13 All-Star Games.
The pressure was one for the Heat to deliver in this ceremony, and boy, did they ever.