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Enjoy Every Second Of Dwyane Wade's Final Act

Alex Donno
November 29, 2018 - 10:57 am

Nearly a quarter into their 2018/2019 season, the Miami Heat had to be expecting better than this 7-13 start. They didn't make any big free agent splash or any blockbuster trade, instead opting to keep the band together from last year. 

At this point, we may have to hope that the beautiful "Vice Nights" jerseys and the nostalgia of Dwyane Wade's "last dance" can keep us distracted from the actual results on the court. After all, Wade is just a game removed from a vintage 35 point performance at 36 years old. 

On his 35 point night in Toronto, the Heat still lost the game. I took this irony as a reminder that there's more to take away from this season than wins and losses. Soak up and enjoy every layup, every dunk, and every second of D-Wade's final season in the NBA. He's arguably the biggest icon in South Florida Sports history. We get to sit back and take in his final chapter.

Even when the Heat lose, Wade still puts on a show each and every night. 

The Heat have lost 6-straight games at home and haven't won in those beautiful black uniforms. As Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel noted, this home losing streak is the Heat's longest since 2007-2008, when they finished the season 15-67 and earned the second overall pick in the draft lottery. 

Could the draft lottery be the light at the end of the tunnel after what's shaping up to be a tough season? Every NBA team with a poor record is frothing at the mouth for a chance to draft Zion Williamson. The NBA has made changes to the lottery odds in order to discourage tanking. The Heat are not the type of franchise to shamelessly throw in the towel anyway, but if injuries continue to pile up and they don't exactly rush guys back into the rotation, they could find themselves tanking without really trying. 

In the meantime, I'll be here wishing Father Prime farewell. The man who helped us to three NBA titles and put forth one of the greatest Finals performances ever back in 2006, deserves our unwavering support. If you aren't there for the wins, be there for Wade.