by Nakul Balaji

Dwyane Wade Retires After 16 Seasons

1,231 games. 3 NBA championships. 2 Olympic medals. Legendary NBA (National Basketball Association) basketball star Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, 37, played his last game on Wednesday night (4/10/2019.)

Dwyane Wade at his goodbye ceremony right before the game began. Credits: Miami Herald

Wade’s last game against the Brooklyn Nets took place at the Nets home court. Although the Heat lost 94 – 113, it was a quite a celebration for Miami. Many celebrities came to watch his historic career end. Also, the enthusiastic fans were joined by Wade’s fellow NBA stars and good friends LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul on the bleachers. Celebrities and players that couldn’t make it to the game posted messages of tribute on various social media platforms. Even the former president of the United States, Barack Obama, had a few words for the player. In a nutshell, Dwyane Wade lost his last NBA game with a triple-double, but left as a happy and respected man leaving behind his legacy for the next generation of basketball players.

Dirk Nowitzki Retires After 21 Seasons

On the same night but in a different part of the country, another NBA legend, Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, retired. His final game was against the San Antonio Spurs, with whom Dirk has had a long history with, from the beginning of his career. Similar to Wade’s last game of his career, the Mavericks lost at the Spurs’ home court. Dirk Nowitzki retired at age 40 years old as one of the best NBA players of the 21st century, but more importantly, as one of the most respected players in the league. This respect was shown by the entire crowd in the arena, and though the game took place at the rival team’s home, everyone cheered for Dirk whenever he shot the ball, whether he scored or not.

Nowitzki tears up during his game after being overwhelmed by the amount of support and love from the cheering crowd. Source: Bleacher Report

Cover Source Image: Heat Nation

Other Sources: NBA , Forbes, USA Today