You Gon' Get These Final Steps: Last Dances 4 Future HOFers
Rec leaguers beware: If you see Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade or Jamal Crawford at your local 24 Hour Fitness, do not hurt yourself trying to keep up. They’ll feed you Wilt numbers. if it happens to NBA players, let’s come to an agreement that it will happen to all of us. Be a competitor but be smart. Anyways, here’s how this trio of legends fared in their final dances.
When the original national anthem truther, Josh Howard (salute), comes out of hiding to celebrate your career, you know you’ve done your thug thizzle. That was the case for “The homie Dirk” on April 9, 2019, when he took the floor for the last time at Dallas’ American Airlines Center vs. the Suns. With tributes throughout the night and a star-studded cast in attendance, the “Tall Baller From the G” gave the girls their money’s worth by surpassing Michael Jordan as the oldest player to score 30 points in a game -- 40 years and 294 days.
People told me the homie was going to go out like Derek Jeter and only play a couple of minutes in his career finale. I don’t think Dirk and Jeter are comparable so we should just table that. With some of his greatest moments coming against Gregg Popovich’s squadron, “Dirty Dirk” didn’t manage his load, --hehe -- choosing to go out with his guns blazing like Spurs fans had seen many times. Double double, my damies -- 20 points and 10 boards.
We couldn’t just give you 10 plays, had to throw out 50.
The Flash x Budweiser collab killed me, brehs. And the masculinity isn’t as toxic as one could think. For five whole minutes, the wettest of tears streamed down my face, as I sat at my desk drenched by the fact that “Pookie’s” impact through basketball is much bigger than the sport. Don’t think there were many dry eyes in better locations either, as American Airlines Arena (aka “The House that Wade Built”) was trapped in a glass case of emotions on April 9, 2019, a night when “Flash’s” final act of brilliance dazzled the Wade County faithful. In 35 minutes, the Hall of Famer fed the 76ers a 30-piece as the soundtrack of “Paul Pierce Sucks” blared in the background.
If tears were forced from my eyeballs, then you have no choice but to be a witness too.
With Miami headed fishing early this season, Wade reached into the duffel and pulled out another rabbit for “The Banana Boat Boys” against playoff-bound Brooklyn on April 10. Though Banana Boat floor general Chris Paul urged him to keep shooting and go out like Kobe, “DWade” made it clear, he was out here for the Ice Cube. Ensuring to end a Hall of Fame career on a “Good Day,” Wade went to town on the Nets, tallying 25 points, 11 boards and 10 dimes. The only thing else I would’ve liked to see from this was Melo presenting Wade with a mink coat for the jersey swap. Could’ve gone out like Frank Lucas.
Watching Crawford continuously put defenders in blenders is the basketball equivalent of having unlimited access to a world-renowned art exhibit. His ability to paint mesmerizing pictures on the hardwood is second to none, boasting an endless repertoire of moves honed in his native Seattle, where he has a court in his honor and a Summer basketball tournament that he and several PNW legends participate in -- The Crossover League. A Mona Lisa-level hooper for those who grew up playing games like “New York” or “21,” “JC” pulled out his bag of tricks in front of an NBA audience for maybe the last time, choosing the Kobe method of “finales.” On April 9, 2019, the shooting guard totaled 51 points and became the first player in league history to score at least 50 with four different franchises and the oldest to hit the mark -- 39 years. Shooters shoot, and the Crawford came out with the .40 loaded.