A recent feature of NBA TV highlighted how Dwyane Wade's career began and repeatedly intersected with other superstars of his generation. Those same legends made sure not to miss the last game of the Heat guard in the NBA.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony attended Wade's last dance in Brooklyn, where the icon of Miami produced a memorable final: 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 badists in front of an audience that animated each of his movements. As fate would have it, the badist that completed his fifth triple-double in his career came with a mid-range jumper from his former teammate Udonis Haslem, who like Wade began his career in Miami in 2003.
The nostalgia overflowed in the presence of the full crew of "banana boat", each of whom embraced and congratulated Wade for a career in the Hall of Fame that began in 2003. James performed a specifically memorable trick by duplicating his video bomb of 2013 when and Wade were teammates in Miami.
– NBA TV (@NBATV) April 11, 2019
"We have a brotherhood that is much more than basketball," James said during the game.
However, it was with the ball itself that Wade pbaded his last possession of professional sports. He did not shoot, he did not drive or he drove. He simply dribbled the shot clock before throwing the ball to the official, choosing to finish his last touch in the same terms as in his last season: his.
"These 16 years have been much more than I could have imagined," Wade reflected. "It's been a lot of trials, it's been a lot of tribulations, it's been a lot of joy … I'm grateful, hopefully, throughout my career, I inspired someone to go and do something other people They say I can not do. "
– NBA (@NBA) April 11, 2019
Dirk Swan Song
After serving as a San Antonio nemesis for more than two decades, Dirk Nowitzki was unable to contain his emotions in the race capture tribute the Spurs showed before their own final curtain.
Dirk burst into tears after watching a tribute video made by the Spurs before his final NBA game. pic.twitter.com/N6NUXL9cZj
– NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 11, 2019
The tears and the bittersweet taste were undoubtedly fresh for Nowitzki, who has just announced his official intention to retire 24 hours earlier. He followed that tender moment with a double vintage double: 20 points and 10 rebounds in 32 minutes of action. His final basket came with less than a minute left in an emblematic flaw of the high office.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who spent more than 20 years planning the game to stop that almost uncontrollable shot, shouted to Drew Eubanks to let Nowitzki have that last attempt. Fortunately, Eubanks' defense affected Nowitzki as much as anyone else throughout his career.
As raw as his last game should have felt, Nowitzki seemed to be at peace once the final whistle sounded.
"I'm a little relieved that it's over," Nowitzki said after the game. "Now I can rest and enjoy some wine and some food."
Dirk: "I'm a little relieved that it's over, now I can relax and enjoy some wine and some food."
– Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) April 11, 2019
Lawler's last call
Another legend said goodbye to the NBA on Wednesday, one that dominated the microphone instead of the ball. Ralph Lawler, the newly-appointed Clippers Hall of Fame presenter, polished his 40th and final regular season in the media line in the Clippers' 143-137 overtime win over Utah. He did it with former Clipper player and commentator Bill Walton.
Lawler's positive attitude never faltered during the tough times with the Clippers' franchise. And when LA emerged, Lawler's iconic calls accentuated the high points.
Ralph Lawler is the Clippers' basketball.
– LA Clippers (@LAClippers) April 11, 2019
The highlights of the NBA will lose a part of themselves when "Bingo!", "The Lob! The Jam!" and "Oh me, oh my!" They are no longer part of them. In an industry where local icons are few and far between, Lawler is among the best.
Rotation of & # 39; playoff & # 39; from Portland
NBA coaches usually reduce the number of players used in the postseason. Each possession is important, making experimentation an unattainable adventure.
The Blazers provided a regular season preview of that aspect in Game No. 82, albeit in a way no one expected. With the playoff seeds still very much in play, coach Terry Stotts opted to play only six players, including three in the 48 minutes. Those three: Jake Layman, Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr.
Only one reservation (Zach Collins) saw the game time, and only 13 minutes for that. Against all odds, the unusual strategy paid off in the form of a return of 28 points. Simons, who scored 38 points in his career in the NBA, almost doubled that with 37 points.
Who knows? With CJ McCollum recovering from the injury and Jusuf Nurkic out of the playoffs, Stotts can afford to throw one of those guys into the postseason fire.
This season he stood out more than any other Kemba Walker link with Charlotte. The only All-Star recruited by the Hornets since Baron Davis, Walker started and organized the All-Star Game 2019. On Wednesday, the all-time leading scorer of the franchise contributed 46 points in a final effort to sneak Charlotte into the playoffs .
Detroit's victory in Orlando prevented him, leaving Walker with only two postseason appearances in his eight seasons with the Hornets. Coming out of a career year in which he averaged 25.4 points per game, Walker is now a free agent without restrictions.
The two-time All-Star will attract great interest from a handful of teams that have enough space to sign it. Charlotte faces the ultimate dilemma: keep your star at a price that almost enclaves you in a mediocre cast around Walker, or let him walk and try to rebuild his wake.
Whatever happens, there is no doubt that Walker will fall as one of the best forever purple and blue-green.
This is a reference to the shoes of Frank Kaminsky, who honored the edition "Prison Mike" by Michael Scott of The Office, as well as his badistant to The regional manager Dwight K. Schrute.
Dunder Mifflin in the house tonight ?? pic.twitter.com/0MJFY2fgKB
– Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) April 11, 2019
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