Video: Common’s All-Star Game Tribute to Dwyane Wade Moves Him to Tears'
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Rapper and actor Common honored Chicago legends at the beginning of festivities for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game.

When it came time to his tribute, Wade was moved to tears as the struggles of his younger years and legendary playing career were encapsulated in a beautiful rhyme by Common, who is also a Chicago native.

The former Miami Heat star was among the many honorees at this year’s All-Star Game, which is being held in Chicago, Ill. at United Center.

Wade spent most of his playing career with the Heat, but was able to squeeze in a season to don a Chicago Bulls uniform during the 2016-17 season.

He played alongside Jimmy Butler, who is now leading the Heat to one of the best records in the Eastern Conference this season.

“What’s up, everybody?” Wade asked in the summer of 2016 shortly after he signed with the Bulls. “It’s Dwyane Wade, now of the Chicago Bulls. I can’t tell you how good that sounds and how good that feels. I’m excited to play at a place that I’ve always envisioned playing in, playing in the city I was born and raised in.

“I’m excited to hear your guys’ cheers and support behind this organization and this team. I can’t wait to (see) what the future holds for us, but I think it’s going to be real fun. So everybody get ready for this ride and let’s enjoy it. Thank you guys for the support, and I’ll see y’all soon.”

Wade is a 13-time All-Star and three-time NBA champion. Considered as one of the greatest shooting guards in league history, the Marquette University product was the fifth overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Heat.

Common also introduced every player from Team Giannis and Team LeBron before tipoff of the 69th NBA All-Star Game. He participated in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday.

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Omar is a freelance writer who has followed the NBA for more than 30 years. Prior to the Internet, he devoured every reading material he could find on the game from newspaper articles to books and magazines. He became a Heat fan the moment they acquired Tim Hardaway and his killer crossover, and lamented not seeing him and Alonzo Mourning win a championship. Seeing Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh play in Miami was a surreal moment for him and more so after they validated the Decision with back-to-back championships. He is ecstatic to cover Miami basketball for Heat Nation.