Ever since he was selected fifth overall in the 2003 NBA Draft, Dwyane Wade has been the face of the Miami Heat. However, the 34-year-old is moving on to go play with his hometown Chicago Bulls after many happy, successful years in Miami. There are clearly no hard feelings between Wade and the team, and the Miami Heat have made this tribute video to celebrate Wade’s 13 years with the organization.
The video begins with Wade, looking so much younger, being drafted by the Heat. We then see a lot of highlights from over the years. Big shots, buzzer beaters, and other assorted great plays. We see Wade winning three titles with the Heat, the one he won in 2006 when he was Finals MVP and the two he won as part of the Heatles with LeBron James and Chris Bosh. There’s a ton of on-court highlights jammed into the video, which goes without saying considering Wade is a surefire Hall of Famer.
But the video also recognizes all the things Wade did for the community, too. There’s footage of him with kids in the hospital and dishing out food to people and also riding a bike in the dark. At the end, the video simply says “Thank you, Dwyane.” There was no way to fit everything Wade did for the Heat, and for Miami, into a three-and-a-half minute video, but it still does a good job paying tribute to arguably the most important player in franchise history.