Dwyane Wade Invites Dad Onto Stage In Hall Of Fame Speech
Dwyane Wade shouted out his dad during his Basketball Hall of Fame induction speech.
"We in the Hall of Fame, dawg!" 🗣️
— NBA TV (@NBATV) August 13, 2023
In a well-deserved moment for the NBA champion and all-star, Dwyane Wade was officially inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Aug. 12 in Springfield, Massachusetts. His father, Dwyane Wade Sr., was there to share the special moment.
In the speech, detailed by Clutch Points, the younger Wade, a father of five, praised his own dad for inspiring him.
“We had the same exact dream, and we carry the same exact name, Dwyane Tyrone Wade,” shared Wade, best known for his years with the Miami Heat. “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.”
The 41-year-old continued on as his dad walked up to the stage.
“This one right here, this one is for my father,” Wade said as the two men embraced. “We in the Hall of Fame, dawg.”
The Miami Heat legend shared how he initially hated how his namesake granted him a certain nickname, but his love for his father overshadowed it.
“Even though I hated being called ‘Little Dwyane,’” Wade laughed, “I admired you as a kid. I admire you now.”
The Basketball Hall Of Fame Ceremony inducted other legends, including German player Dirk Nowitzki, Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. The honorees celebrated the occasion with a golf match, footage of which The Cube star shared on Instagram.
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However, the father and son duo was the highlight of the event, providing a giant forum for Black fatherhood be celebrated and appreciated.