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Video: Spurs honor Heat star Dwyane Wade with awesome tribute

Dwyane Wade

It’s bittersweet to say, but Dwyane Wade’s NBA clock is about to strike midnight in the next couple weeks.

As the Miami Heat guard proceeds to put the finishing touches on a magnificent career, the San Antonio Spurs paid homage to the future Hall of Famer in his final bout against their franchise Wednesday night.

Wade and the Spurs go back a ways.

With LeBron James as his wingman, Wade faced San Antonio in back-to-back NBA Finals classics in 2012 and 2013- taking the first in a come-from-behind effort through seven games, and dropping the second with the Spurs dismantling them in five quick games.

Guess you could call it even.

Even though the battles between Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Wade, there remains a vast amount of respect.

“Sad is not a bad word,” Popovich said of Wade’s impending retirement during preseason, per Anthony Chiang of The Miami Herald. “You miss those kinds of guys. They don’t have to be on your team. Dirk [Nowitzki] will probably retire soon. Watching him over the years, it’s just a wonderful experience to be able to be there. And we have front row seats to watch these guys. Sure, a little piece goes away. And it sort of reminds you that you’re going to take a little hike soon also. Nobody stays forever.”

Dwyane Wade is averaging 14.3 points, 4.2 assists, and 3.7 rebounds in his 16th and final NBA campaign.

The Heat still are clawing away to hold onto the eight seed in the NBA Playoffs, despite currently sitting at 34-36 in the Eastern Conference standings.

There isn’t much to discuss with the lower part of the East this year, other than the fact that the season’s second-half surging Orlando Magic are right on Miami’s heel, following their crushing win over the Pelicans Wednesday.

Wade and the Heat will need to kick it into gear if they want to make the postseason.