Dwyane Wade retires after 16 years- Looking back at his career


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Javier Sarache Jr., Multimedia Editor

After 16 years in the NBA, Dwyane Wade clocks out his final game. Here’s a look at the #L3gacy created by Heat #3. 

Wade was born and raised in Chicago Illinois, and his parents divorced shortly after. His older sister, Tragil, took Wade when he was eight  to live with his father, who had remarried. She wanted to rid him of a crime-surrounded environment. For college, Wade attended Marquette University, emerging in his sophomore year averaging almost 18 points, 6.6 assists, and 3.4 rebounds a game.

The all-star was the 5th pick in the 2003 NBA draft, earning himself a spot on the Miami Heat. He gave the association a very successful 16 year career.

Wade has earned himself three  championship titles as well as a spot in the top 10 highest scoring players for total career playoff points. He had the chance to play alongside Shaquille O’Neal, Ray Allen, Chris Bosh, and Lebron James.

Spending a few years playing for Cleveland and his home team of Chicago, Wade returned to the Heat to end his career where it began. He made the last season memorable with each stadium chanting his name as he stepped on to play. He also started a trend of exchanging jerseys with a player from the opposite team after the game was over. 

Taking his last steps onto the court, Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade played his last official NBA game on Wednesday, April 10th. Wade managed to get a triple-double for the 5th time in his career against the Brooklyn Nets.

He will continue giving to the community and spreading love for the game. It wasn’t just an emotional night for heat fans, but for basketball fans around the world.