Gregg Popovich had a special parting gift for Dwyane Wade in the latest stop on his farewell tour.
Ahead of Wednesday’s Heat-Spurs showdown in San Antonio — the final face off between the legendary coach and player — Popovich gave Wade signed jerseys of Spurs icons Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginóbili.
Take a look:
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 21, 2019
— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) March 21, 2019
So well done! 👏 Thank you! https://t.co/KH36gDE1sq
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 21, 2019
“He certainly is an iconic figure as far as NBA basketball goes,” Popovich said before the game, via ESPN. “And it’s not just because of the way he played. He played hard. He played to win. He had a ferocious attitude on the court. But it was matched with a wonderful smile and a great understanding of the world and community off the court.
“I think that’s what made him so special; a coveted teammate, somebody that everybody enjoyed playing with, a guy that cared about more than just basketball. That’s what makes him iconic in my mind.”
Wade later shared is appreciation on Twitter.
That was awesome!!!. A big thank you to the @spurs organization and fans for that amazing tribute and ovation! Coach Pop is one of a kind… My jersey collection is 🔥 thank you for these… https://t.co/iqDDuyjvwV
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) March 21, 2019
Wade, who is in his final NBA season, is averaging 14.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists through 60 games. He previously reached 1,052 blocks for his career earlier this month to give him the most blocks by a guard in league history.