7 hours ago
One week later, after the curtains of your illustrious 16-year career finally closed. After the last song of the One Last Dance playlist.
A farewell message for one of my greatest heroes, @dwyanewade
137-137. WEST ball. 19 seconds left, when you stole the ball off Deron Williams.
This is the oldest memory I have of you playing basketball, and it was at this moment
that I started idolizing you. I was at 6th grade during this time, about to go to school for my afternoon class when I saw that sequence unfold, and watch you lift the All Star Game MVP trophy over your head minutes later. Right there is the start of a love that would span my whole lifetime.
I wanted to copy you but I was never blessed with the same explosive athleticism from which your game heavily relied on,
so all I could do was take bits off your style and try to make it my own, specially the "euro step". It was the first year of the Big 3 era when the simple admiration turned into full-on fandom. That first year was full of thrilling, frustrating, bittersweet memories. Finding out you lost that Finals left me in a dazed state, just staring off into space, losing appetite. Just broke my heart.
But the bliss of the next two years overshadowed that first year. I followed you when you decided to play for the Windy City, and when you rejoined Lebron in Cleveland, and of course I followed you back to South Beach for the last 1 and half season of your career.
Thank you for the 9 years worth of entertainment, frustration, happiness, anger. Thank you for the inspiration, the influence, it's because of you that I'll euro step everything, walls, cars, doors, and everybody, guys, girls, strangers, old people, dogs, I'll euro step a baby I don't care. Thank you for turning this once basketball hater, to a casual fan, and finally to a avid supporter. You'll end your career the same year I'm about to finish school, we'll both close a big chapter of our life and start a new one, is that destiny? I think so.
I'll end this the same way Eric Reid sent you off one last time because he said it best "'Thank you' doesn't seem strong enough, how 'bout
we love you and we'll never forget you". #OneLastDance