Midway through the first quarter of Dwyane Wade’s first game back in Miami, the Heat honored the franchise’s best player ever with an emotional two-minute tribute video thanking him “for thirteen unforgettable years.” It was so emotional, even pocket-pinching Pat Riley looked like he was about to have that one tear go down his cheek.
The video might have effected Wade too, after making two shots before it, he only made three more shots in the game and finished with 13 points on 5 of 17 shooting.
“I thought I’d shoot better, since I’ve been knowing these rims for a while,” Wade said.
He did make two clutch free throws in the final 14 seconds after selling a questionable foul on Justise Winslow.
“I didn’t agree with the call.” Winslow said. “I think that was because of the stage, because of him being back here. I don’t think if he was at another venue, another regular game, they would have made that call.”
“If it was last year, he got pushed out of bounds,” a joking Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “This year? He’s selling it.”
Wade even agreed.
“I got the vet call on that one,” Wade said about the foul. “I appreciate it for him giving me one.”
He was also appreciative the Bulls were able to pull off the 98-95 win in regulation.
“Weirdest basketball I’ve ever played in my life,” Wade said. “I couldn’t wait until it was over.”