Give Last Night's Buzzer-Beater Its Own Centerfold In The Final Chapter Of Dwyane Wade's Illustrious Career
There it is. The exclamation point. With this season being his swan song, last night's clutch finish was basically the guitar solo. From finishing off a point-per-minute performance by driving a dagger into the best team in basketball, to having a familiar Flash for the dramatic in doing so, to coming as a result of a shot that arrived straight from the damn circus. That might not be the last showcase of all that Dwyane Wade brought to the game of basketball, but him taking it to the bank while serving as the only explanation for the inexplicable is more than likely the best one we could possibly hope for at this stage of his legendary career.
The only way it could have been more fitting would have been if it sealed a playoff series, but - since the postseason doesn't look to be in the cards - you might we well bottle up everything about that moment and pop the top off after his final game in what's become known as Wade County. Kevin Durant standing there completely dumbstruck. The man of the hour standing there triumphantly atop the scorer's table in front of the people that have laid witness to his championship mettle for over a decade and a half. If the basketball gods had any sense of timing they would have ascended his jersey straight off his back to its own spotlight in the rafters of American Airlines Arena while that atmosphere was at its most electric.
Regardless of what that new hairdo might imply, Dwyane Wade isn't getting any younger. Luckily, the memory of a sequence that was nothing short of symbolic will age about as gracefully as the transcendent player responsible for it.