clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

‘Keep going & keep leading’: Dwyane Wade’s final message to Devin Booker during his last dance

Booker now has beaten two of his basketball role models, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade, in their final head-to-head matchups. Booker gave the legend heavy praise afterwards.

NBA: Phoenix Suns at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Finally, the Phoenix Suns’ 17-game losing skid came to an end against the Miami Heat. However, we did see another vintage outing from NBA legend Dwyane Wade in the process, which was definitely fun to watch.

Wade dropped 13 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks in 30 minutes. The mayor of Wade County even pulled off one of his ridiculous circus shots late in the game, too.

The impact Wade made on Devin Booker’s career is vast. Booker paid homage to the Heat guard not only after the game with the jersey exchange, but he also wore a shirt walking into American Airlines Arena recognizing all of his career accomplishments.

Wade even wrote a personalized message to Booker on top of signing his jersey.

“Anything you need I’m here,” Wade wrote. “Keep going & keep pushing.”

Booker ended his outing versus Miami with 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 9 assists but the long-lasting memory of beating Wade during his ‘Last Dance Tour’ will remain.

“I’ve been watching him since I was 6 years old,” Booker said postgame in Miami. “He won his first championship when I was 10. The things I’d do to meet D-Wade as a kid, you know, just growing up a fan and watching every playoff game. How he turned Miami to ‘Wade County’ it’s unbelievable. Global icon. Someone who I have the upmost respect for. He’s impacted this game in more ways than anybody could ever imagine. I appreciate all of that for sure.”

“He’s changed my life,” Booker said. “Especially being a shooting guard in that position with that go-getter mentality that I like to claim to carry myself with. Just a winner. True winner. True champion. ... The list on the back of this shirt, I was reading it earlier before the game like ‘This is crazy. This isn’t real.’ Like all the accomplishments from the Varejao dunk, like these are NBA moments that are gonna be there forever.”

Speaking for myself for a moment, Wade also made a big impact on why I became such a huge basketball fan. Even before LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined forces with him, Wade was such a superstar talent who carried the Heat organization to a championship. Add in all of the team and individual accomplishments, and it’s easy to say Wade is one of the greatest shooting guards of all-time.

Wade will forever be remembered as a pioneer of the NBA during the 2000s. He helped changed the game as we know it, and helped motivate Booker to become the player he is today.

“50 years from now, we’ll be watching D-Wade highlights,” Booker said. “It’s mind-blowing to me.”