The thought of a Miami Heat team without its Horcrux, the formidable 16-year Hall of Famer, Dwyane Wade, is absolutely bonkers if you put it to any NBA fan.
Alas, this is the reality that fans of the sport have to live with. As reported by CNN, Wade played his final game as a professional basketball player against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday (US time), a final victory that saw the baller exit his career as a 13-time All-Star champion, a three-time NBA champion, two-time Olympian, among other accolades.
Life for Dwyane Wade after the NBA
Outside of the court, however, Wade has developed a career in social activism.
What started out as a daring stance against gun violence against people of colour, after the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012, turned into a full-fledged commitment to affecting change in communities.
“The eyes that I have on me as an active athlete will be a lot different, but my voice doesn’t change. Obviously, I’m one person. I can’t change the world, but I can help affect change in communities. That’s what I want to continue to do.” Wade said
Budweiser pulls heartstrings with tribute video
Paying tribute to the life of one of American history’s greatest point guards, Budweiser put together a little surprise for Wade who, during his One Last Dance tour, took the opportunity to collect shirts of his fellow NBA players to hang them up on a Hall of Fame-esque wall.
That wall had it all. From LeBron James’ LA Lakers vest to that of Bradley Beal’s, it was an All-Star fixture. However, a piece of Wade’s life was still missing — items from the people whose lives he had touched and changed.
The video is a compilation of four accounts of people, including his mother, Jolinda Wade, who confront the basketball player at the centre of the court to testify how, throughout the years, he has saved their lives.
We are not crying, you are. Check the video out but if you are an avid fan of the sport, be sure to grab a box of tissues for this four-minute tearjerker.
Watch: Budweiser’s Dwyane Wade tribute
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 9, 2019