Dwyane Wade put up a triple double with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the final game of his career against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. It was a fitting end to a Hall of Fame resumé, the icing on the cake of the one of the best shooting guards to ever play the game.
But as good as Wade was on the floor, the moments and people that accompanied his final NBA game were even better. LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul each came out to support their friend in his farewell game. So did Wade’s wife, Gabrielle Union, and every Heat fan alive in New York City. It set the scene for an incredible game with off-the-court moments that could go down as one of the best career-ending games ever.
I mean, come on.
Reuniting with the Banana Boat Crew
LeBron couldn’t make it to Miami for when Chris Bosh got his jersey retired, but he made 100 percent sure he was able to travel to New York for Wade’s final game. So did Melo and Chris Paul. They greeted him on the court before the game.
Gabrielle Union shot t-shirts out of the cannon
I mean…. wouldn’t you?
No, seriously. Wouldn’t you?
Both Nets and Heat fans joined in “Paul Pierce sucks!” chants
It’s rare when fanbases come together to boo a common enemy. Nets fans had their own relationship with Pierce, after the franchise mortgaged its future for him, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry in the Billy King era years ago. Heat fans, among others, didn’t appreciate when Pierce said on real-life live television that he had a better career than Wade.
“You give me Shaq, you give me LeBron. I’d be sitting on five of six championships,” he said.
So the two sides joined together bashing Pierce in Wade’s final game. How fitting.
Melo had his moment
Melo sat court-side with LeBron and Chris Paul, and a loose ball bounced his way. So he took a dribble to the corner and pump-faked a three. Fans were begging for him to shoot, but he chose not to.
This tweet was especially savage:
LeBron videobombed Wade after the game
LOOK AT THIS FACE!
The banana boat crew celebrated the triple double
Wade says his goodbyes
This video just speaks for itself.
So does this one: