Written by: Kasia Grant
“When you first enter the league, the vets tell you they say, ‘Young fellow, it’s gonna go by fast.’ You think at that time, ‘I’m just getting started.’ As I stand here today on Sept. 16th at roughly 1:15pm, I’m here to tell you, it goes by fast.” These were the first words spoken by Dwyane Wade in a recent Youtube video announcing his retirement. In his video, he says, “I feel it’s right to ask you guys to ask you to join me for one last dance, for one last season. I’ve given this game everything that I’ve had, and I’m happy about that. And I’m gonna give it for one last season, everything I have.” In July 2016, Wade left the Heat to join the Chicago Bulls and in September 2017, Wade was signed to the Cleveland Cavaliers. A year later, Wade has returned back to the Heat for his final season.
Unfortunately for many Dwyane Wade fans, this will be their last opportunity to see him play for the Heat. Senior Valentina Suarez said, “I’ve been a huge fan of Dwayne Wade ever since I was born. I went to a Miami Heat game last year and I had front row seats but unfortunately, Dwayne Wade was with the Cavaliers. I’ll be devastated if I can’t go this year to a Heat game with front row seats so I can see him play one last time.”
Dwyane Wade’s legacy has left an impact on several students here at MAST. Junior Matthew Galego said, “I’m excited that he’s back this season but I’m sad that this is his last year playing. He’s an amazing player that brought the Heat three championships so I’m sad to see him go.” Back in 2003, Dwayne Wade was drafted to the Miami Heat as a shooting guard. Throughout his 16-season career, he won three NBA Championships for the Miami Heat in 2006, 2012, and 2013, and has been named the 2006 NBA Final MVP and the 2010 NBA All-Star Game MVP.
Luckily, one of our very own members of MAST was able to meet Dwyane Wade. Coach Rossin said, “I got a chance to meet D Wade when I was a kid and he’s as great of a guy as he is a player. I went to his first game back in Miami and the excitement that filled the arena, for what was otherwise a subpar game was incredible. He means so much to Miami and to the Heat, I’m glad we have him for one last ride.”
The time has come for Wade’s retirement, and without him, the Miami Heat will no longer be the same. Junior Samantha Michel said, “He’s a really dedicated player and he’s like the rock of the Miami Heat and it’s going to be different without him.”