Dwyane Wade returned to instagram today to show love for future NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant, who teamed with D-Wade on Team USA when they won Olympic gold back in 2008.

Wade, who is reportedly still considering his own retirement, shared a clip of one of Kobe’s many memorable moments against the Toronto Raptors back in March of 2013, when a 34-year old Black Mamba buried multiple threes in crunch time, including the game-tying shot with seconds remaining in regulation. He capped off his performance with a go ahead dunk in overtime, finishing with 41 points and 12 assists in the 118-116 victory.

In the caption of his IG post, Wade left a message for Kobe in which he described how he felt when The Black Mamba retired and thanked him for his greatness. 

“Black Mamba 🐍!!! I remember watching him closely when i in high school, college and the NBA. This dude was UnReal! I remember the day i heard he was retiring and selfishly i thought Nooooooo. Who will i have to chase?Who stats will i’d check as soon as my game ends? I knew inside I’ll never be the same when he retired. A lot of y’all forget very easy that this dude was an absolute BEAST!@kobebryant thank you for your greatness!”

Take a trip down memory lane via Wade’s IG post embedded below.


Wade, 36, would be entering his 16th season in the NBA if he chooses to return for the 2018-19 campaign. In 21 games with the Miami Heat last season he averaged 12 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in a little more than 22 minutes of action per night. 

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Dwyane Wade Praises Kobe Bryant On IG: "This Dude Was Unreal!"