NBA legend Dwyane Wade first won an NBA title in Miami with Shaquille O’Neal, Alonzo Mourning and a cast of stars in — or just past — their primes. Wade was the spark and the fire in 2006, earning the nickname “Flash” from Shaq.
Later Wade welcomed future GOAT LeBron James to South Beach, and with Chris Bosh and Ray Allen the Heat nabbed two more championships.
There certainly is something, as Wade says, about a “Marquette boy” who puts on the Heat jersey. Wade can say, as he was the 5th pick overall out of Marquette University in the 2003 NBA draft.
The very last first round pick (#30) in the 2011 NBA draft also came out of Marquette, and after stints in Chicago, Minnesota, and Philadelphia he, too, took his talents to South Beach. That man’s name is Jimmy Butler, or Playoff Jimmy, a moniker he keeps cementing in games while denying it’s a “real thing.”
After Butler scored a Heat playoff record 56 points in a dramatic comeback victory to push Miami to a 3-1 first round advantage against the Bucks, Wade added Butler to the super elite two-man list of Marquette ballers to singlehandedly raise the level and legend of Miami Heat basketball.
Wade wrote: “There’s something about those Marquette boys when they put on that heat jersey… “
April 25, 2023