‣ The Miami Heat franchise will unveil a bronze statue of retired player and Hall of Famer, Dwayne Wade, at the Kaseya Center later this year.
‣ The statue is being created by Oscar Leon and Omri Amrany, who have worked on other sculptures of notable players, and the unveiling is set to take place in the fall.
‣ Dwayne Wade holds the Miami franchise’s records for points, assists, steals, games and minutes played, and during his 16 seasons in the league, he played 15 of those in South Beach and won three NBA championships.
Sunday night was a big one for the Miami Heat. Not only did they face off against the Hornets, but they also had a surprise in store. Team president Pat Riley had an exciting announcement to make, and it involved none other than Dwayne Wade.
Wade, a legend in his own right, was present at the arena. Riley chose this moment to reveal that a bronze statue of Wade will be unveiled outside the Kaseya Center later this year. The crowd was thrilled, and Wade himself was visibly moved.
The game’s halftime show was the perfect moment to make the announcement. The retired player was there to celebrate his Hall of Famer status. And as if the night couldn’t get any better, the Heat went on to win the game 104 to 87.
Pat Riley was clear about Wade’s importance to the franchise. “When we retired his jersey in February 2020, I said Dwyane was the face of this franchise forever and I meant it,” he stated. The executive further emphasized Wade’s legacy, describing it as a towering one for both the Miami Heat and Miami-Wade county.
Wade was overcome with emotion. “I didn’t dream of this… I’m just so grateful,” he said, struggling to contain his tears. The news of the statue was a surprise, and Wade was visibly moved.
To create the statue, the South Beach franchise will collaborate with Oscar Leon and Omri Amrany. These artists have worked on other sculptures of players like Shaquille O’Neal, Dirk Nowaitzki, Michael Jordan, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The unveiling is set to take place in the fall.
Wade, who retired almost five seasons ago, holds the Miami franchise’s records for points, assists, steals, games, and minutes played. He spent 15 of his 16 campaigns in the league with the Heat, earning three NBA championships and the Finals MVP in 2006.
“I was born and raised in Chicago, but this is where I grew up,” Wade said during the ceremony. He expressed his love for Miami and its fans, saying, “There’s no love like Miami love, and every time I come back here I feel that.”
In other news, the Heat also announced they will retire Udonis Haslem’s No.40 jersey during their next home match this Friday against the Brooklyn Nets.
The game itself was a victory for the Heat. Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro led the team to a blowout victory against the Hornets. Adebayo nearly produced a triple-double with his 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists.
Herro, alongside Adebayo, dropped 4 three-pointers, adding to his 21-point total for the Heat. The team never trailed during the contest. Duncan Robinson contributed with 19 points, while Jaime Jaquez Jr. hit 15 before having to leave the game due to a groin strain.
Herro shared his thoughts on the game. “Basketball is a game of runs, they’re going to hit shots,” he said. “It’s just about answering and making sure we’re playing the right way.”
Coach Erik Spoelstra praised his players’ efforts. “This was potentially a trap game,” he said postgame. “I thought the approach was terrific and everything was generated, particularly in the first half, by our defensive effort.” It was a night of celebration and victory for the Heat, and one that will be remembered for a long time.