The Miami Heat released information regarding a weekend-long celebration and jersey retirement for Dwyane Wade, who retired at the end of last season.
The team will host a tribute event Feb. 21 at the American Airlines Arena. This event is only open to season-ticket holders, but it will be broadcast live on TV and radio. The Heat will then retire Wade’s No. 3 jersey during halftime of Miami’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Feb. 22. And the following day, the American Airlines Arena will host an ESPN Films documentary about Wade. Tickets will cost $3, and proceeds will benefit the Wade’s World Foundation.
Pat Riley called Wade the face of the Heat franchise in announcing the celebration.
Pat Riley on Dwyane Wade celebration: “As teams develop and evolve, there are many players who could be labeled the face of a franchise, then there are those that rise above that. In my opinion, with all due respect to others, Dwyane Wade has been the face of this franchise."— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) January 7, 2020
Just before Jimmy Butler agreed to join the Heat, the Associated Press’ Tim Reynolds reported that Butler was blown away with Wade’s celebration at his last home game in April 2019. Let’s see what impact the jersey retirement has on impending free agents.