Dwyane Wade appreciative of support from Heat management at final All-Star Weekend
This is it for Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade, who will be retiring from the NBA at the end of the 2018-19 campaign. With Wade and Dallas Mavericks big man Dirk Nowitzki signing on to anchor this year’s NBA All-Star Game rosters as the tandem of legends get set to hang up their sneakers for good, “D-Wade” couldn’t be more appreciative of the support that he has received from the Heat’s management.
“When I pulled up on the red carpet, I saw Pat Riley there on the red carpet and I was like, ‘Oh,’” Wade told Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald before playing in his final NBA All-Star Game on Sunday evening.
In addition to team president Pat Riley, owner Micky Arison, CEO Nick Arison, general manager Andy Elisburg and current Heat front office executive and former NBA center Alonzo Mourning are among those representing the Eastern Conference franchise in Charlotte, North Carolina for Wade’s final go-round.
“It’s great, man. I’m not the kind of person that like expects things,” Wade said of the continued support from the Heat. “When things happen, like [Thursday’s dinner] when I walked on the red carpet and saw Pat there — I didn’t expect Pat to be there because I didn’t know a lot about the dinner.
“I appreciate people taking their time to come and support me. The Miami Heat organization, big Andy, they’ve been at everything I’ve done my whole All-Star career, my whole off-the-court endeavors and supported a lot of the things I’ve done. So I’ve been appreciative of that and I will continue to be appreciative of it.”
Of course, Wade will be suiting up for “Team LeBron” on Sunday evening.