Dwyane Wade Posts Endearing Message to Shaquille O’Neal on His Birthday

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Dwyane Wade took to social media on Wednesday to wish a happy birthday to his former Miami Heat teammate Shaquille O’Neal.

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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.
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Brady Klopfer is a basketball writer and editor based out of Los Angeles. His work can also be found at The Athletic, SB Nation, and Bballbreakdown.