Dwyane Wade is receiving the ultimate honor: a bronze statue! Right as he was being inducted to the 2023 Hall of Fame on Sunday night, the Miami Heat announced that a statue of his would be unveiled outside of the Kaseya Center this year.
“Dwyane’s legacy is a towering one not only for the Miami HEAT but for Miami-Wade County,” said Heat president Pat Riley. “I can’t think of a better way to honor him than by memorializing that legacy.”
Riley surprised Wade with the news, who couldn’t hold back his tears saying “I didn’t dream of this… I’m very grateful.”
It’s an incredible honor for one of the greatest shooting guards in NBA history; a 13-time All-Star who won three championships, a Finals MVP in 2006 and has a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. His career spanned 16 seasons—15 of them played in Miami—and he’ll be the first player in franchise history to receive a statue outside of the Miami arena.
The statue will stand at 8 feet and commissioned by sculptors Amrany and Oscar León of Fine Art Studio Rotblatt Amrany. Their works include the iconic “Michael Jordan Spirit” in Chicago and a bronze baseball Hall of Famer Nellie Fox, among many others.
Fans can expect to see the statue in Fall 2024. More details of the unveiling will be announced at a later date.