SAN ANTONIO – Dwyane Wade's usual swimsuit swap was not needed Wednesday night in San Antonio during the final leg of his farewell tour. The Spurs presented to the future Pantheon the jerseys of their most iconic players in recent history.
After playing the national anthem and before the match against the Miami Heat, the Spurs broadcast a tribute video tribute to Wade. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich then introduced the veteran guard to Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili's sweaters in a black and silver gift box.
Popovich approached to greet Wade after the video in front of the Heat bench, where the coach presented the jerseys before the two shared a brief hug.
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"It's certainly an emblematic figure in NBA basketball," said Popovich before the game. "And it's not just because of the way he played, he played hard, he played to win, he had a fierce attitude on the court, but it was matched by a magnificent smile and a great understanding of the world and the community outside the court I think that's what makes him so special: a coveted teammate, a person with whom everyone loved to play, a guy who cared more than basketball, which makes it emblematic in my mind. "
In addition to the various highlights of Wade on the field, the Spurs presented his work off the field during the video tribute, which lasted just under two minutes and ended with: "Thank you , Dwyane. "
Wade scored 14.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 25.6 minutes in 60 games this season.
After Wednesday's San Antonio competition, there will only be 11 regular-season games left in Wade's career.