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Dwyane Wade writes heartfelt tribute to Quentin Richardson

Miami Heat icon Dwyane Wade recently wrote a heartfelt letter to Quentin Richardson, his former teammate and a player he looked up to way back in high school.

Via his Instagram account, Wade posted a photo of him with Richardson, together with a caption which detailed how much he looked up to the 3-point shooting marksman. Richardson was not just his idol and mentor, but they also formed a strong friendship and a brotherhood.

Wade revealed that he had a poster of Richardson in high school. Also, when Wade was still playing for Marquette, he revealed that he would sneak into Richardson’s hotel whenever they played the Milwaukee Bucks.

From having a poster of you in my locker in high school, to getting a chance to meet you for the first time after a game at DePaul, to you not being scheduled to be my host on my college visit to DePaul but you hearing i was there & you came & said DWade with me, to us developing our own relationship from that visit, to the phone(yes people use to talk on the phones) conversations we had while you were in the NBA and i was in college, to @cdell112 and I sneaking out to come chill in your hotel room when y’all came in town to play the bucks, to the time i came to LA for the John Wooden Awards & you let me raid your closet and get anything i wanted(i went back to Marquette stunting with the custom kicks especially since we both wore number 3) to you giving me advice as i went thru the workouts and draft process, to playing against each other on the court, to being teammates for one season(135 forever btw haha), to now watching the husband and father you are. Y’all get the point. Thanks for being a role model, a friend, a big brother and everything in between. Love you big bro! @qrich

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This might be a surprise to some. Most people know that Wade hangs out with the likes of LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony. But it seems that way before he formed a bond with the so-called Banana Boat crew, he has already forged a mentor-mentee relationship with Richardson.

In fact, the two played one season with the Heat as teammates. It was a decent campaign for the Heat. Wade, by that time, had successfully recovered from injury. He was also well within his prime years. Richardson, for his part, was at the tail-end of his NBA career.

The following season, however, their stint as teammates was cut short by the arrival of LeBron James and Chris Bosh. But fast forward to almost a decade, it seems that their relationship was never tarnished.