Beal wears No. 3 to one reason.
It’s a tribute to his idol.
After their 16th head-to-head meeting Friday night Miami beat Washington 115-109 — Beal finally summoned up the courage to let Wade understand how he feels about his game, and confessed then he had been nervous when asking to swap jerseys with the player who wore No. 3 to heat.
“I tried not to lose my mind after he first gave it to me because that’s incredible,” Beal said. “I’m trying not to be always a fan, but I’m a fan, and I am a enormous fan of his game. I attempt to predicate just a small bit of my game off of his. This is most likely the very first time I’m actually saying , but he’s a legend indefinitely .”
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Wade has been trading jerseys with players during the period of the 16th and final NBA season. Beal said he had been nervous to ask Wade for his, for fear the answer will be .
Turns out, Wade wanted his jersey well — and said he had been profoundly moved by Beal calling him an idol.
“Those minutes mean everything,” Wade stated. “Fan ovations are excellent, but to be able to have future players coming to this league and good players in this league, and to learn you experienced an impact on their own growth, that’s what you desire. It meant a whole great deal. When he explained , I thanked him, and I hope I had been sufficient role model for him personally .”
Wade left Miami for ostensibly 1 1/2 of his 16 NBA seasons, playing a season in Chicago before starting last season in Cleveland. Beal still believes a Heat lifer and signaled he would love to trace along a very similar course.
“He paved the way for a good deal of people in the game, and to see his hard work and to play for as long as he failed in one organization… he meant every thing to the city which team. That is kind of this heritage I want to leave, too.”
Beal could face Wade one longer hours. Heat visit the Wizards on March 2-3.
“He is one of the best to do it, and he’s not cocky with this,” Beal said. “He does it in a humble way, and he’s still able to complete what he does in this age, and it’s really amazing. Everything he has been through, folks talk about him, but he’s still here. He is still competing with the very best people, and I’ve only respect for him personally , his game, his heritage he left.”