— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 11, 2019
With 6:43 left in the first quarter, the Golden State Warriors paid tribute to not only a visiting player, but one who had never put on a Golden State uniform.
The Warriors showed a 45-second video of the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, beginning with the announcement of his pick in the NBA Draft by former commissioner David Stern, going through his three NBA titles with the Heat, and ending with clips from his most recent stint with the team, after brief stopovers in Chicago and Cleveland.
The 37-year old, playing in his final game at Oracle Arena, got a standing ovation from a crowd that’s seen him average 26.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game in 11 games in Oakland. The 13-time All-Star touched his heart and raised both hands in respect.
“I don’t know if I have a favorite Dwyane Wade story. I just have enjoyed watching him play over the years,” said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. “He’s a brilliant player, and amazing to watch, made a huge impact on the NBA. I’m happy that we are honoring him in his career tonight. I think it’s appropriate. He’s one of the stars of this league who has really given the fans a lot of thrills over the years, so it’s very appropriate.”
Wade has had several stand-out games at Oracle — all but one the Heat — including a 37-point, 13-assist, 5-rebound performance in a win on Dec. 1, 2008. Wade had a total of five 30-point games, and had five double-doubles at Oracle over the course of his 16 previous seasons.
With 5:05 left, Wade entered the game for the first time to a modest ovation, and promptly scored his first points of the night. The Warriors plan on bestowing several gifts upon Wade, and as he’s done over the course of his final season in the NBA, the former NBA MVP is expected to trade autographed jerseys with a Warriors player at the end of the game.