Dwyane Wade Pays Tribute to Ray Allen Following Hall of Fame Induction

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The induction of Ray Allen and others into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night didn’t go unnoticed by one of Allen’s many former teammates. Dwyane Wade, who played two seasons with Allen as a member of the Miami Heat, took time to salute the achievement of a player who hit the most iconic shot in franchise history.

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That 3-pointer Wade referenced was Allen’s clutch long-range bomb that helped send Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals into overtime. Prior to that basket, Miami was on the verge of losing the series to the San Antonio Spurs, but Allen’s shot spurred the team to that win and the clinching victory two nights later.

The Heat were the last of four teams that Allen played for during a legendary 18-year career. He had previously helped the Boston Celtics win an NBA title in 2008 before then signing with Miami in 2012. During his two seasons in South Florida, the team reached the Finals in each season.

Wade has yet to publicly announce whether or not he plans on returning for his 16th NBA season, though recent reports indicate that he’ll again wear a Heat uniform. His Hall of Fame status has already been cemented, which likely means that Allen will happily return the acknowledgement when that time comes.
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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.