Clippers coach Doc Rivers explains why he didn’t honor Dwyane Wade like he did Dirk Nowitzki
Nowitzki isn’t 100 percent sure to retire at the end of the year, but most people seem to be expecting it. With that in mind, the Clippers coach stopped everything in it’s tracks during a game to let the crowd give Nowitzki a standing ovation.
This was a nice way to honor someone that everyone seems to respect and admire.
However, Nowitzki isn’t the only legend retiring after the season as Dwyane Wade is actually done after this year.
Wade didn’t get the same treatment as Nowitzki when his Miami Heat visited the Clippers. Now, Doc Rivers cleared up why that was.
Doc Rivers said he'd considered honoring Wade like he did for Dirk: 'I was thinking at the end of the game, man, Dwyane Wade is about to retire and it’s like we didn’t notice. But they were winning and Dwyane had like 30 that game so I said, no honor for Dwyane that night."
— Steve Popper (@StevePopper) March 3, 2019
This makes sense. The final score of the game was 121-98, a win for the Heat. Dwyane Wade did in fact light it up with 25 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists.
Doc Rivers and his Clippers beat the Mavericks. That means the fans were in a great mood and would gladly cheer for Nowitzki as a final “thank you” for his years of service.
You wouldn’t have been able to blame them if they wouldn’t have felt the same way for Dwyane Wade. Yes, he absolutely deserves respect and admiration as one of the greatest to ever do it. Both him and Dirk Nowitzki are both extremely likable guys too.
However, he just torched your team in a blowout. It would’ve been risky for Doc Rivers to get on the mic and tell the crowd to cheer for the man. That’s liable to get Wade and you booed out of the building.