Michael Jordan has had a massive influence on the NBA world, players and fans alike.
While his peers had the utmost respect for him during his time in the NBA, the current generation have idolised him all through their basketball journey.
A lot of players have been very vocal about how Michael Jordan was their inspiration growing up. They wanted to emulate him in every way possible, as Jordan was the gold standard of basketball.
His poise with the ball, his on and of court behaviour and the crazy skills during clutch situations made him stand out.
“I carry that Marquette badge with me proudly everywhere I go.” – @DwyaneWade
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) January 20, 2019
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 20, 2019
Dwayne Wade was no different. His hero was Michael Jordan and he wanted to do everything in his power to impress MJ in his first ever NBA appearance.
Wade has announced that he’ll be retiring from NBA at the end of the season and he has been coming up with interesting stories from his NBA career.
One of the best ones obviously involve his hero, Michael Jordan.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Dwayne Wade has revealed how he once played with an injured wrist because of Michael Jordan.
It was Wade’s United Center debut and he was determined to do everything to impress the great Michael Jordan.
Each of the previous 5 would go on to win either NBA MVP and/or NBA Finals MVP in their career:
• Derrick Rose (2010-11)
• LeBron James (2005-06)
• Dwayne Wade (2005-06)
• Allen Iverson (1998-99)
• Michael Jordan (1986-87)
— Devon Haripal (@DevonHaripalNBA) July 2, 2018
Jordan and Wade had met the night before the game, and Jordan has told Wade that he was looking forward to see him play.
Wade was nursing a wrist injury at that point but if Jordan wants to see you play, you play.
“I wasn’t going to play because I had hurt my wrist,” Dwayne Wade said.
“I saw Jordan the night before. He’s like, ‘I can’t wait to see you play.’ And I was like, ‘Welp, guess I’m playing.’ And then I end up being in a cast for like 2 months.” he added.
Wade did manage to recover from that wrist injury and played 61 games in his rookie season.
Wade has had a brilliant career and Michael Jordan would surely be proud of how things have turned out for the Milwaukee man.
Wade was recently the guest of honour at Marquette’s game against Providence and was pretty emotional as he had had two very memorable seasons with the team.(2001-02, 2002-03).
“I think my younger self would be proud of me,” Wade said during the ceremony.
“Thank you so much for being back here and allowing us to honor you, the great career that you’ve had, the impact that you’ve had on Marquette and the impact that really you had on the game of basketball and every community you’ve touched,” Marquette coach Steve said.
How would you rate Dwayne Wade’s career?