Dwyane Wade took to social media on Wednesday to wish a happy birthday to his former Miami Heat teammate Shaquille O’Neal.
To the one who gave me my nickname “Flash”….Happy Birthday @SHAQ. Blessed to have won my 1st championship alongside one of the best to ever do it! #WadeBackWednesday #OneLastDance pic.twitter.com/6HfrfnboJf
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) March 6, 2019
Wade and O’Neal played in parts of four seasons together. Miami acquired the Hall of Fame center prior to the start of the 2004-05 season, Wade’s second in the league, and traded him during the 2007-08 season.
The two All-Stars excelled as teammates and led Miami to a NBA title in 2006. It was the first championship in franchise history, and both Wade and O’Neal had superstar performances along the way.
During O’Neal’s Heat tenure, the 15-time All-Star averaged 19.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game, while shooting 59.6 percent from the field. He made the All-Star game three times while playing for Miami.
O’Neal was also known for having a lot of highlights in a Heat jersey, and for getting along well with Wade, despite the age difference of the stars. He is responsible for Wade’s “Flash” nickname.
Wade has been sharing a lot of memories this year before he heads into retirement. He’s averaging 14.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game in his 16th and final NBA season.