NBA: Top 5 Dwyane Wade Moments
Dwyane Wade has come a long way from being a Marquette guard to being a 3-time NBA Champion and a 12-time All-Star. His "Last Dance" is underway and he is entirely relishing it along with the Miami Heat, the fans around the world and the NBA.
It wasn't that he couldn't play any more phenom basketball, it wasn't that he couldn't take over the game and hit that game-winner, it wasn't that he couldn't earn Grands while on the court. But this ending was something he chose to make it perfect, with the right organization at the right time.
Wade spent almost couple of years outside Miami, first with the Bulls for 2016-17 season and then the start of last season with Cleveland. Getting traded to the Heat in last February was like a blessing in disguise- the team where he started his amazing career and the team where it all will come to an end after 16 long years.
Wade was nicknamed "The Flash" during his early years in the league for the speed he would burst to the basket and his swiftness and groove on the court. He got the nickname from none other than Shaq who was his teammate then. It struck him during a match against Pistons. Shaq saw Dwyane get past three players and jam the ball to get an And-1.
There are plays that made him the Superhero he is on the court. Let's take a look at some "flashes" at his comic-book career that justify the nickname he was entitled to.
#5 Game winner vs Charlotte in 2004 Playoffs
Game 1 of the first round in 2004 Playoffs, Miami and New Orleans fighting to win the game were tied at 79 each. It's not usual for a rookie to play such final decisive seconds of a high intensity playoff game. In D-Wade's case, coach Steve Van Gundy not only decided to make him play those final seconds but also decided that young Wade will try and score to give Miami the win.
With 11 seconds to the end of regulation time, the rookie received an inbound pass a little beyond the arc. With Baron Davis closing in Wade gave him a crossover and penetrated the Hornets defense and took the shot to win it for the Heat. Fearless and mighty, such was Dwyane Wade in his first ever postseason appearance.