Dwyane Wade is the best player in Miami Heat franchise history and the most popular sports figure in South Beach. He’s such an icon in South Florida that he has a street named after him in Miami. The Northeast 7th Street that runs near the AmericanAirlines Arena was officially renamed “Dwyane Wade Boulevard” in February 2020.
During his stellar run with the Heat, Wade was loved by everyone in Miami. He also became so in demand that he starred in a comedy sketch that went viral.
It didn’t take long for Dwyane Wade to have success in the NBA
The Heat drafted Wade with the fifth overall pick in the legendary 2003 draft out of Marquette. The Chicago native made the 2003-04 All-Rookie team after averaging 16.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.5 assists and guided the Heat to the playoffs, where they defeated the New Orleans Hornets in the first round but lost to the Indiana Pacers in the second round.
In the summer of 2004, the Heat acquired Shaquille O’Neal from the Los Angeles Lakers and became title contenders. Wade put up 24.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game during his sophomore campaign and made his first All-Star team. He and O’Neal were a lethal dynamic duo and led Miami all the way to the 2005 Eastern Conference Finals. Unfortunately, they fell to the Detroit Pistons in seven hard-fought games.
Heartbroken after coming so close to reaching the Finals, Wade was motivated to get his revenge against the Pistons in 2005-06. He had an MVP-caliber regular season and then took his game to another level in the 2006 postseason, guiding the Heat to series wins over the Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets, and Pistons to reach the NBA Finals.
Wade became an NBA legend in the 2006 Finals versus the Dallas Mavericks. After the Heat lost Games 1 and 2, the All-Star shooting became Superman and willed his team to four straight wins and the Larry O’Brien trophy. Wade averaged 34.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists in the six-game series and won the Finals MVP Award.
After guiding the Heat to their first championship in franchise history, Wade was basically a God-like figure in Miami and worshipped by everyone. He was also one of the most recognizable people on the planet, making him the perfect celebrity guest for comedy skits.
Dwyane Wade stars in hilarious comedy skit
In 2009, comedian Matty Goldberg used Wade in one of his viral skits. He played an arrogant billionaire who approached Wade while the NBA guard hung out at his car in the AmericanAirlines Arena parking lot with some friends.
In the skit, Goldberg wasn’t impressed that Wade didn’t play the whole game and threw his fancy jacket on the ground. He kept asking the NBA superstar if he was ready to play one-on-one. If you didn’t know this was a skit, you might have thought this was just some inebriated fan bothering Wade after a game.
The skit ends with Wade calling for security to escort Goldberg out of the parking lot. All things considered, the Heat legend showed off some nice acting skills, proving how dynamic he was.
Father Prime is now a minority owner of the Jazz
Wade purchased an ownership stake in the Utah Jazz back in April. He is the latest of several former star players with NBA ownership stakes, joining Grant Hill (Atlanta Hawks), O’Neal (Sacramento Kings), and Charlotte Hornets majority governor Michael Jordan.
“This goes way beyond the dream I had to just play basketball in the NBA,” Wade told ESPN. “I’ve seen Shaq do it in Sacramento. I’ve seen Grant Hill do it in Atlanta. I’ve seen Jordan do it in Charlotte. If this partnership is going to be anything like my relationship is with Ryan, there are going to be a lot of things that I’ll want to be involved in.”
Wade has a strong relationship with Jazz star guard Donovan Mitchell. Before the coronavirus pandemic last year, Mitchell spent time shadowing Wade in South Florida.
In a few years, Wade will enter the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He is universally recognized as the third-best shooting guard in NBA history behind Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
[Correction: A previous version of this article failed to identify this as a comedy skit.]
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