Heat legend Dwyane Wade swaps jerseys with Warriors star Stephen Curry
Dwyane Wade made the last stop of his career at Oracle Arena, as his Miami Heat gave the Golden State Warriors a scare on Sunday night. Wade and Stephen Curry exchanged pleasantries at the end of the game, including a jersey swap while posing for a photo:
D-Wade x Steph jersey exchange 🔥 pic.twitter.com/0tl1mWcTbg
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 11, 2019
So much respect for this dude right here… https://t.co/PJyEgu0Cqo
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) February 11, 2019
Wade is in his last season in the NBA, a farewell tour that has been well-received by the entire league.
The Warriors played a Wade video tribute prior to the start of the game, a sign of the respect he has earned during his 16 seasons at this level.
It was only fitting Wade, who put up 10 points, six rebounds and nine assists in 29 minutes, would swap jerseys with Curry, given that a jersey exchange with Kevin Durant might have been awful awkward after this play late in crunch time:
D Wade gets the clutch block on Durant and the go ahead basket, please don’t retire. pic.twitter.com/4AZgSecS3j
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) February 11, 2019
Durant’s jump shot has proven nearly un-contestable, but Wade’s savvy and longtime scouting of his peers made him sprint from under the basket to stifle Durant’s fadeaway attempt, knowing Josh Richardson was out of position.
It’s these types of plays that have made Wade a three-time champion and one of the NBA’s most revered shot-blocking guards.
After the game, Curry encouraged Wade to stick around for a couple of more years after nearly bringing the Heat to a win.
“Seems like he’s got a lot left in the tank,” said Curry, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “That’s what I told him postgame… Are you sure you don’t got a couple years left?”
While numerous players have suggested this, Wade is adamant that he will be done after the season.