It’s Dwyane Wade’s birthday! With the exception of a year and a half that we all like to forget, Flash has been a Miami institution since his entrance into the league in 2003. He’s been on the team for all three Heat championships, and has helped the franchise bring in free agents like Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James. As he continues his last dance, the now 37-year-old Wade continues to make his mark around the league.
Let’s show Dwyane some love by recapping some of the best moments from his career.
1. June 13, 2006
“I ain’t going out like this!”
The Heat are down 2-0 in the NBA Finals. This is game three. Shaq falls on Wade’s knee at the start of the third quarter. Wade winces when he jogs. The Heat get outscored 34-16 in the third. The Heat are down 13 with six and a half minutes to go in the game. Dwyane Wade scores 12 points of an 18-4 run. The Heat win 98-96. The Heat win the next three straight games, and win the title 4-2.
2. November 12, 2009:
Dwyane Wade Posterizes Anderson Varejao
Let’s put some context on this one. The Heat, fresh off a 15-67 season in 07-08, look to start over. Pat Riley moves into the front office and gives the coaching reigns to Erik Spoelstra, who started off as the video coordinator. After the trade of an aging Shaquille O’Neal spurred a dramatic turnaround and playoff appearance, Wade blossomed to superstardom. With high expectations coming into the 09-10 season, Wade started it off, well, like this:
3. March 10, 2009:
“THIS IS MY F***** HOUSE”
I should hope you’ve all seen this by now. The steal, the fast break, the floater for the double overtime win. Wade jumps on the scorers table, and declares that AmericanAirlines Arena is, in fact, his f***** house. This was the first thought that came up in our Miami Sports Wave group chat when I asked for essential Wade moments, and rightly so.
4. April 25, 2010:
Game 4 of the 2010 Eastern Conference First Round: Wade Scores 46 Against Boston
In the only game of that series that Miami won, Dwyane put up one of the best playoff performances of all time. 16-24 from the floor, 5-7 from beyond the arc. Vintage. I’ll let the highlights speak for themselves.
5. December 6, 2010:
After Boston’s Big Three rolled past the Heat the previous season, these two guys came to Miami for the next season to join Wade. LeBron James and Chris Bosh, if you’ve ever heard of them. What looks like a nice crafty no-look from Wade to James on video:
Actually turns into one of, if not the best, sports photos of all time.
Bask in its glory.
(Photo by Morry Gash/AP Photo)
6. April 29, 2016:
Purple Shirt Guy
As Flash’s athleticism continued to slip as his prime reached its final years, Heat fans realized that all good things must come to an end. But that doesn’t mean that D-Wade can’t hit a clutch shot and jaw off with a fan when down 3-2 against the Charlotte Hornets. Purple Shirt Guy will live in infamy among Hornets fans as the guy that poked the bear and lost the Hornets that game, and that series. Here’s Wade doing Wade things, despite a man in a purple shirt with a drawstring backpack.
7. February 9, 2018
Father Prime Becomes Ageless
To me, this may be the quintessential Dwyane Wade moment. Wade checks in with 5:19 left in the first quarter, finally back in Miami after a stint with the Bulls, and some time with the Cavs that everyone would probably like to forget. The city of Miami gives him all the love, and he comes in and wins the game against a talented Bucks team.
“Who do you think got the block?”
Miami loves you, Dwyane. Happy birthday.