Watch: Dwyane Wade and son Zaire PARTYING with Udonis Haslem, celebrating Heat legend’s career
Dwyane Wade celebrates Udonis Haslem's NBA retirement in China.
Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem (image via Twitter)
NBA superstar Dwyane Wade recently took a break from his ongoing promotional tour in China to celebrate the illustrious career of Miami Heat legend Udonis Haslem. The event, which also saw Wade’s son, Zaire, take to the dance floor, was a way to honor Haslem’s two-decade-long journey with the Miami Heat.
The vibrant light show provided a stunning background to the celebrations. Fans were given an intimate glimpse into the event through Wade’s personal Instagram, where videos showcased the trio dancing the night away. At 43, the recently retired Haslem impressed the viewers, proving that age is just a number when it comes to enjoying life’s special moments.
Udonis Haslem’s NBA legacy isn’t just limited to his on-court achievements. Even as his gameplay saw a dip in the latter part of his career, Haslem remained a pivotal figure in the Heat’s locker room. His invaluable mentorship, bench coaching, and veteran insights have solidified his stature as one of the most respected players in the league.
Dwyane Wade’s connection with China
But what brought these basketball legends to China in the first place? The answer lies in Wade’s long-standing association with the Chinese sports brand Li-Ning. In 2012, making a significant move from Nike’s subsidiaries, Converse and Jordan Brand, Wade embarked on a new venture by launching his signature shoe line, Way of Wade, in collaboration with Li-Ning.
The partnership between Wade and Li-Ning took a monumental turn in 2018 when he signed a lifetime deal with the brand. This historic collaboration saw the release of Wade’s signature shoe, the Way of Wade 7. While the exact figures of the contract remain undisclosed, industry insiders speculate that its total value, including the royalties from sales, could be tens of millions of dollars.
Interestingly, Wade’s China connection doesn’t end with Li-Ning. During the last stages of his NBA career, Udonis Haslem also wore the Way of Wade sneakers provided by Li-Ning.
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