OAKLAND – When it was over, the Warriors barely got together to overcome the relentless jolt of the Miami Heat. Two legends of basketball and beyond stood grinning and giggling side by side, each holding the sweaty jersey of the other two.
Half of this moment belonged to Dwyane Wade, the heat superstar last season of a career he respected with respect to his name and his game.
The other half belonged to Stephen Curry, who is in the middle of a career that is very similar.
These two have little in common except proud fatherhood, quiet leadership, a deep reservoir of tenacity, creative scoring, infinite determination and commitment to a better society and three NBA championships.
This must happen until they become teammates in the Naismith Hall of Fame.
"Everywhere he went, he's seen on TV, and it's a different energy when he comes the ball," said Curry after a 1
Most members of the Warriors, players and coaches, spoke with Wade, who scored 10 points on 5, a word or a hug or a handshake-of-14 shoot.
"He has invested so much in basketball, especially physically, that it's only time to go and see what's coming next in his life," said Kevin Durant, who hugged Wade before the curry. Wade-Jersey Swap "As a hacker from day one, I can appreciate that in D-Wade, especially when I fight him in the final (2012) and throughout my career."
"It's nice to see the guys running the way they want."
During the game, Wade had the nerve to anticipate and beat a Durant fadeaway at the last minute as defender of the help side, making it a layup that gave Miami its first lead in the fourth quarter.
That's not what this night was about, though this single game – Wade at 6-foot-4 – braving his seven-inch drawback – symbolizes the player he was during his 16-year career.
The warriors of the first quarter created a short video homage with highlights from Wade's career. The spectators in the Oracle Arena cheered. As soon as the camera was near the heat bank, he stood in a standing ovation, which he fully acknowledged.
"He was incredible," said Draymond Green. "D-Wade was an inspiration to me. If you talk underdog when D-Wade came into the league, he was a 2-man guard. He has defeated all odds. Final MVP. Three-time champion, one million All-Star appearances, one million All-NBA teams. , , I think D-Wade has formed some all-defensive teams (actually three times).
"He has an incredible career behind him. And what he did for this organization was amazing. "
Wade is to Miami like Kobe Bryant to Los Angeles, Larry Bird to Boston, Reggie Miller to Indiana or. , , Curry in the Bay Area.
Without the presence of Wade, LeBron James would never have brought his talent to South Beach. Without calf in Miami, the glory of the championship of Shaquille O'Neal would have been limited to LA.
In fact, there is no reasonable argument against Wade to be among the top five shooters in NBA history, which is all the more remarkable because he lacked a reliable 3-point shot. He is a 29 percent shooter from the deep.
That was the blow to him when he came in. Could not shoot. So he responded by scoring in every possible way and some that should have been impossible. In the 2008/09 season Wade led the NBA with an average of 30.2 points per game.
In a league that included Kobe and KD as well as LeBron and Dirk and Melo, Wade was the scorer as he shot 31.7 percent from the depths. 19659002] [RELATED: Kerr on Harper: "I would love it" when he played for Giants
Of course, curry beyond wants so little experience beyond the ark. That's the scariest element of his game. He is for 2019 what Wade was for 2009.
If Curry knows Wade's journey, it's because it's so much of himself, from skeptics to drafts to championships and franchise symbols.
Undoubtedly, Curry will find a place for Wade's jersey and, moreover, he will understand just about anyone what makes it special.