Dwyane Wade wishes Kobe Bryant a happy birthday

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Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade took time on Monday to remember another basketball icon, Kobe Bryant, on what would have been the Hall of Famer’s 43rd birthday.

Bryant was one of nine people tragically killed in a January 2020 helicopter crash, a horrific event that devastated the basketball world.

Wade and Bryant had bonded during their 13 seasons of competing against each other, with Bryant spending all 20 years of his legendary career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant’s shocking death left a deep void with Wade and others, though Bryant’s subsequent induction into the basketball Hall of Fame allowed those mourners to celebrate an incredible career.

Like Bryant, who continued to thrive off the court after his 2016 retirement, Wade is making the most of his free time since calling it quits in 2019.

Even with the success that Wade continues to enjoy, the memory of Bryant still resonates with him and will likely continue to for the remainder of his own life.

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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for HeatNation.com, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.