Time comes at all of us fast, and that time went even faster for future Hall of Famers and legends Dwayne Wade and Dirk Nowitzki.
After 16 seasons, Wade has called it an end to his basketball career. Wade is a Chicago native who is 37 years old, and he’s just another reason why Chicago is great. He stayed with the Miami Heat throughout the majority of his career, and won three NBA Championships, one in 2006, 2012, and 2013. It was truly a sad moment for everyone as he was announcing his retirement, since he has made such a big impact on the basketball community. Wade finished his last game ever with a triple double (25 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) against the Brooklyn Nets. Fans used the hashtag #OneLastDance for Wade, since it was his last season.
Nowitzki was a 21 season veteran from Germany, which is crazy. He is now 40 years old and started at the age of 18 playing professionally. He led the Dallas Mavericks to 15 playoff appearances, also led them to two NBA finals in 2006, which he lost, and 2011, which he won against LeBron James and the Heat. Nowitzki played with the Mavericks for his entire career. The San Antonio Spurs featured a video for Nowitzki before they played the Mavericks, and he was put to tears. Nowitzki was always known to be a great and humble guy, and it showed. Nowitzki finished the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Legends are starting to retire and it’s sad for the basketball community. The game won’t be the same without these two because they are such key parts of the sport. Now comes playoff time, and it’s going to be a great ride.
By Angel Brito, Senior, Lane Tech