Dwyane Wade Pays Huge Compliment to Los Angeles Lakers Guard

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After Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade competed against the Los Angeles Lakers for the last time in his career, the 36-year-old handed a significant commendation to Lakers youngster Josh Hart.

The second-year guard asked Wade for his shoes, and the 2006 Finals MVP reciprocated with a notable compliment:

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While the two guards had different paths to start their careers, Wade sees similarities in their games. Hart is having a solid second season in the league with averages of 9.1 points and 3.3 rebounds. Meanwhile, Wade is putting up 14.9 points, and 3.9 assists per game in the final year of his storied career.

When Wade entered the league, he was expected to become the face of the franchise and guide the Heat to a championship. The 6-foot-4 guard did just that by scoring at will and defending hard to help the Heat capture their first championship in 2006.

Hart, on the other hand, was brought in to be an auxiliary player to some of the stars on the Lakers. Yet, the 30th pick in the 2017 draft, is averaging more points than Lonzo Ball and is a fruitful, consistent contributor on the Lakers this season.

Before Wade gifted Hart with his shoes, the Heat icon gave Los Angeles fans one final, memorable game. While the Heat lost a close, competitive contest to the Lakers, Wade recorded 15 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in 32 minutes.
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Born and raised in South Florida, Justin has always been a passionate Miami Heat fan. An avid supporter from the time Miami got its first championship in 2006 to having a league-worst 15-67 record in 2008 to the whole LeBron James era until now, Justin has seen and stuck through it all. His all-around analysis and heart for the game has made him a premier NBA writer. He writes for a variety of sites but his commitment to the Heat is always top priority.