Dwyane Wade spent the season's farewell tour last night in Dallas, NBA, where he was probably the most hated, the first to beat the Mavericks in the 2006 finals by plotting a foul amount of money, and then for the repeated antagonistic local legend Dirk Novitsky. This is also almost certainly the last season of Novitsky in the league, and both decided that last night, last night, they would never divide the NBA court, there was time to pay compensation.
Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle helped set a stage in the first quarter. When Wade approached the scorer, Carlyle immediately asked Novicki to get into the game, allowing two players to share together before registering:
Both guys played well – Wade scored 22 points. in 22 minutes; Dirk responded with 12 points in 17 minutes – and they even exchanged signers for signatures on the return items:
The two again headed for the ceremonial jersey after the housewarmer, which seemed to be really affected by both players. Wade, who once argued that Mavs would have won the 2006 finals, if Novicki were the best leader and then publicly mocked Novitsky for having the 2011 flu finale, had to say this (through ESPN):
James Swap of the year, – said Wade. "In order to have this, he is the Hall of Fame, someone has clearly decided that I respect so. So, I'm just grateful that he did not reject me and said no, so I appreciate it."
Novitski was somewhat more expansive in his comments after the game, frankly reflecting on the real hostility he had ever had Wade and the fact that it makes no sense to hang on such heavy feelings in old age:
NBA had and will continue to have more serious discontent than any -some other sport in America, and this is a good change of pace to see two legends one by one to their day playing game this is complete. This will allow all of these bad vibes fest long enough to make a fraction of yourself during the induction hall floor, or to use their exorcised years later in the mournful television interview.