The 41-year-old retired Miami Heat star is now a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Dwyane Wade and his family recently celebrated the former Miami Heat point guard's induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The 41-year-old retired basketball star joins other greats in the sport including Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, Becky Hammon, Tony Parker, the late Jim Valvano and Gregg Popovich, reports ET Online.
His whole family attended the special moment including Gabrielle Union and their kids Kaavia James, 4, Zaya, 16, and Zaire, 21, as well as Dwyane's nephew, Dahveon Morris, 21, reports PEOPLE. Wade's daughter Zaya shared a sweet snap of the two, captioning the image, "My dad is a Hall of Famer. I’ve never been more proud in my life to know someone as kind, loving and accepting as he is. He is one of my best friends. I love you, dad."
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During a heartfelt enshrinement speech, the sports icon thanked his loved ones for being there for him through thick and thin. "Thank you all for being there for me and for loving me in the most perfect way possible. I appreciate you guys and I love y'all," he said. "And my wife Gab, would you please stand. Thank you for making our house a home. Thank you for making sure our kids feel seen, heard and protected when I'm not around."
"Thank you for learning every ref's name in the NBA and for screaming at them so I didn't have to — saved a lot of fine money," the athlete joked. "I know I'm traveling for work this year during our anniversary, so I want to say, thank you for being on this journey for me — with me, these past 15 years. Thank you for learning to love my imperfections, just as much as we enjoyed and love the moments of perfection. I love you."
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The "Dwyane" author dedicated the accolade to his father, asking him to stand up from his seat in the crowd during the ceremony. He was the one who really pushed the athlete to keep moving forward. “I started this off thanking you, and I want to end it the same way. I owe you a debt of gratitude that I’ll never be able to repay. When I would cry and say, ‘I can’t,’ you made me go harder. You pushed me to the limits I didn’t know were inside of me [and] the hard work I put in was because I didn’t want to let you down,” the basketball star said, per Us Weekly. He said his father’s coaching made him an “unstoppable force.”
“Even though I hated being called ‘Little Dwyane,’ I admired you as a kid. I admire you now,” the former Miami Heat star added. “We had the same exact dream and we carry the exact name: Dwyane Tyrone Wade. To know we hustled all the way to the Basketball Hall of Fame is God’s will. So Pops, I know your knees are a little sore, but will you join me on stage as we take our rightful step into basketball heaven?”
Dwyane Sr. walked up the stairs to greet his son as they both exchanged 'I love yous.' The father-son duo shared a tight warm embrace with Wade concluding “I love you and I’m thankful for you. We in the Hall of Fame, dawg!”