SAN ANTONIO — There was no want for the customary Dwyane Wade jersey swap on Wednesday evening in San Antonio in the course of the newest cease on his farewell tour, because the Spurs introduced the longer term Corridor of Famer with the jerseys of their most iconic gamers in latest historical past.
After the taking part in of the nationwide anthem and earlier than tipoff in opposition to the Miami Warmth, the Spurs confirmed a tribute video in honor of Wade. Coach Gregg Popovich then introduced the veteran with the jerseys of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili packaged in a black and silver present field.
Popovich walked over to greet Wade after the video in entrance of the Warmth bench, the place he introduced the jerseys earlier than the 2 shared a quick embrace.
A tremendous pregame tribute from the @Spurs and a particular 🎁 from Coach Pop for @DwyaneWade!#L3GEND pic.twitter.com/DuqDAsnDkQ
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 21, 2019
“He actually is an iconic determine so far as NBA basketball goes,” Popovich mentioned earlier than the sport. “And it is not simply due to the way in which he performed. He performed onerous. He performed to win. He had a ferocious angle on the courtroom. But it surely was matched with an exquisite smile and an important understanding of the world and neighborhood off the courtroom. I feel that is what made him so particular; a coveted teammate, any person that everyone loved taking part in with, a man that cared about extra than simply basketball. That is what makes him iconic in my thoughts.”
Along with Wade’s numerous on-court highlights, the Spurs showcased his work off the courtroom in the course of the video tribute, which lasted simply in need of two minutes and ended with: “Thanks Dwyane.”
Enjoying off the bench, Wade is averaging a 25.6 minutes per sport this season, and averaging 14.three factors, three.7 rebounds and four.2 assists in 60 video games.
After the competition in San Antonio on Wednesday, simply 11 regular-season video games stay in Wade’s profession.