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Miami Heat To Honor Dwyane Wade With Statue

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The Miami Heat on Sunday announced the team would be honoring NBA legend Dwyane Wade with a statue set to be unveiled in front of the Kaseya Center later this year.
Former head coach Pat Riley surprised Wade, 41, with the news during a ceremony at center court during the team’s 104–87 victory over the Charlotte Hornets Sunday night in Miami.
“We wanted to make sure it was bigger than Shaquille ONeal,” Riley, 78, joked of the planned eight-foot tall statue.
I didn’t dream of this,” Wade said, tearing up. “I’m just so grateful. I can’t wait for that day. I’m excited.
Riley was coach when Wade and ONeal led the team to its first NBA Championship in 2006. Wade won two more championships in Miami in 2012 and 2013, alongside LeBron James.
The 13-time NBA All-Star spent most of his 16-season career in Miami, except for a season each with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls.
“When we retired his jersey in February 2020, I said Dwyane was the face of this franchise forever and I meant it,” Heat President Pat Riley said in a statement. “Dwyanes legacy is a towering one not only for the Miami HEAT but for Miami-Wade County. I cant think of a better way to honor him than by memorializing that legacy.”
In August of last year, Wade was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Alongside LeBron James and Michael Jordan, Wade is one of only three players in NBA history to total at least 20,000 points, 5,000 assists, 4,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals, 800 blocks and 500 three-point field goals made.
I was born and raised in Chicago, but this is where I grew up, Wade said. From 21 years old ’til 37, I grew up here. A lot of the fan base, they grew up with me. … There’s no love like Miami love, and every time I come back here I feel that.
TMX contributed to this article.