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Shaquille O’Neal requested trade to Heat from Lakers because of Dwyane Wade

Heat, Shaquille O'Neal, Dwyane Wade

NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal requested a trade from the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 2004 and was shipped to the Miami Heat.

O’Neal told the Lakers he wanted to be traded to the Heat because of Dwyane Wade.

“I requested that I be traded to Miami and play with a young fella named Dwyane Wade.”

O’Neal and Wade won a championship together in 2006 over the Dallas Mavericks. It was the first title in Heat franchise history.

Wade was named the Finals MVP. Shaq gave the Chicago native the nickname Flash.

The Heat traded O’Neal to the Phoenix Suns in 2008, ending his stay in South Beach. Shaq and Wade, though, accomplished what they had set out to do and that was to win a championship.

The Heat retired O’Neal’s No. 32 jersey. Wade’s No. 3 jersey will be next.

Wade is the best player in Miami history. He’s won three championships and scored the most points in team history. The future Hall of Famer made Miami relevant. After all, the Heat were a late expansion team. Their first season was in 1988.

Shaq has had the luxury of playing with Kobe Bryant and Wade, two of the best shooting guards in league history.