LeBron James, shut down for the season with his Los Angeles Lakers in turmoil and out of the playoffs, had a front-row seat at Barclays Center in NY along with Chris Paul, whose Houston Rockets await the playoffs, in a reunion of friends from that famous 2015 "banana boat" vacation photo (that also included Wade's wife, Gabrielle Union). "Listen, we couldn't miss D-Wade's last game".
"It was Melo who kept nudging me to go on a tour like this, so it was nice to give the last jersey to him", Wade said of his last season, which included tributes from teams and fellow players and nightly jersey swaps with fellow National Basketball Association icons.
Here's hoping whatever comes next is even half as fun as what Wade and his friends gave us.
Russell had 21 points on seven 3-pointers for the Nets, who will face the third-seeded Philadelphia 76ers beginning this weekend in their first postseason appearance since 2015, one that seemed unlikely when they were 8-18 in December. The Nets also clinched their first winning season since 2013-14 by going 34-22 over their last 56 games since December 7.More news: New York City threatens to close yeshivas over unvaccinated children
With the Heat already eliminated from the playoffs and a berth secure for the Nets, the game was focused on Wade and some of his good friends made sure they were there to share in the moments.
Wade announced he would be retiring after the 2018-2019 season. Unfortunately for the organisation, our team, we weren't in position to make the playoffs, but I'm happy to say I completed it.
He played 36 minutes, dribbling out the shot clock the final time he had the ball before checking out with 10 seconds remaining.
"I nearly messed it up when I fell on the scorer's table". "I didn't get the opportunity to play against Melo this year and exchange jerseys with him".