Almost all former NBA players who have their jersey retired get one halftime ceremony. That’s what happened for Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway, Shaquille O’Neal and Chris Bosh — previous Heat players to have their jerseys lifted into the rafters.
But Dwyane Wade? He has an entire weekend.
The Miami Heat held “The Flashback” at AmericanAirlines Arena Friday night, celebrating his myriad accomplishments with the team that drafted him. The event opened with Wade joining Rick Ross and Udonis Haslem on stage to perform their just-released song “Season Ticket Holder.”
"3 rings on his finger, yea that boy is a winner!"— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) February 22, 2020
Watch Miami legends @DwyaneWade & @RickRoss perform their new single "Season Ticket Holder" for the 1st time. Just as as expected! pic.twitter.com/qmDajmcHxV
Then, Heat TV and court-side reporter Jason Jackson hosted a look back at Wade’s career, featuring discussions with former teammates Haslem, Mourning, Bosh, Ray Allen and Dorell Wright. Erik Spoelstra and David Fizdale, who served as a Heat assistant coach from 2008 to 2016, also joined Wade onstage.
Bosh narrated video interludes highlighting Wade’s career with Miami. The event also included video tributes from O’Neal, LeBron James, Caron Butler and former Marquette coach Tom Crean. James even pondered what a Wade statue would look like.
The event ended with a Pat Riley speech and Miami revealing the No. 3 jersey that will go into the rafters in Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.