Dwyane Wade on How Michael Jordan Shocked Him at His Draft Party: “He Is Sitting Out There on a Motorcycle With 50 Dudes”

Published 12/23/2021, 8:00 AM EST
(Original Caption) Michael Jordan, forward for the Chicago Bulls, holding a basketball in the locker room.


Michael Jordan inspired children all over the world to follow their basketball dreams. Some of these children included current NBA stars who grew up watching Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Jordan helped the Bulls dominate the NBA in the 90s. One such former NBA player recalled one of his most memorable meetings with Jordan.

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Former NBA star Dwyane Wade spoke to Lewis Howes and revealed details about meeting with Michael Jordan. Wade elaborated that Jordan arrived at Wade’s party to congratulate him on his NBA draft. He explained how his cousin broke the news of Jordan arriving with his entourage on a motorcycle.

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Wade said, “Michael Jordan is outside, and they won’t let him in. We take off. So we running through the club, we get outside. We race up to the front. He’s outside. Now, this is epic. I run outside and Michael Jordan is sitting out there on a motorcycle with like I’ll say 50 dudes. It probably was 20.”

He further added, “But it looked like 50 dudes all on motorcycles. Mike’s sitting there. He was just like, “Hey man, I just want to come by, show you some love, congratulations.” Wade disclosed that this was his first meeting with Jordan, his long-time idol in the NBA.

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The Miami Heat selected Dwyane Wade as the fifth pick in the 2003 NBA draft. Wade spent most of his career at the Heat and won three NBA titles with the franchise. He played alongside LeBron James for his last two titles. He joined the Bulls for one season between 2016 to 2017.

Jordan retired in 2003 while with the Washington Wizards.

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Michael Jordan and his “Be like Mike” impact on kids

Chicago Bulls fans during the 90s considered themselves fortunate to witness Michael Jordan lead their franchise. “Be like Mike” was the slogan given to young kids as they aspired to play in the NBA. Kids on local basketball courts tried to emulate Jordan’s mannerisms and play style. The Nike Jordan Brand also fueled his popularity.

Utah Jazz’s John Stockton, left, and Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan fight for a rebound in the third quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Salt Lake City, Friday, June 5, 1998. The Bulls defeated the Jazz 93-88, tying the best-of seven series 1-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Some NBA analysts criticized Jordan’s negative impact on the way children played basketball post-90s. However many others remained grateful to Jordan for popularizing the sport to a global audience. Not to mention that Jordan’s abilities brought him and the Bulls enormous success. He retired from the NBA with six NBA titles to his name.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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