Video: Heat icon Dwyane Wade re-enacts celebration from 2006 NBA Finals win over Mavs
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade is set to call it a career at the end of the 2018-19 season. Over his 16 years, Wade has established himself as a likely shoo-in for the Hall of Fame, setting himself on that course during the 2006 NBA Finals when his Heat toppled the Dallas Mavericks.
Fast-forward to Wednesday night and Dwyane Wade is playing his final game as a visitor in Dallas. Despite having been questionable throughout the day due to an illness, Wade is going to attempt to take the floor for game action.
Before that, though, he had a little reenacting to do just in case anyone forgot about 2006.
— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) February 13, 2019
At the time of his first ring, Wade was just in his third NBA season and had come off a regular season in which he averaged 27.2 points per game. He took that to another level in the Finals, going for 34.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest en route to claiming the title in six games.
That player of yesteryear has gone, living on in YouTube clips and memory banks while the 37-year-old installment of Wade remains. He may not be fighting for scoring titles any longer, but Wade has been a steady contributor for Miami in his 16th NBA season, averaging 13.8 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game with just one contest remaining before the All-Star break.
Wade will be busy during All-Star weekend playing Sunday for the first time since 2015-16. So while Sunday will be his last All-Star hurrah, he needs to get through his last Dallas hurrah on Wednesday first — indelible memories reenacted and all.