“Beautiful Art” – Dwyane Wade Responds To Kobe Bryant’s Game Winning Shot Against His Miami Heat Team

Published 12/05/2020, 9:30 AM EST
Boston, Massachusettes–June 17, 2008 Lakers Kobe Bryant walks off the court as the Celtics celebrate the championship in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at the TD Banknorth Center Tuesday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant were two of the greatest shooting guards in the history of the NBA. They both had a similar style of play, with an ability to make shots in the clutch like very few in the NBA. The two have won multiple NBA championships and been named Finals MVP.

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Kobe entered the league in 1996. He joined the Los Angeles Lakers after a trade from the Hornets, who originally drafted him. The Lakers paired up Kobe with star center Shaquille O’Neal. Together, Kobe and Shaq dominated the NBA and won three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002.

2008––USA’s form left, Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and Jason Kidd walk off the court during a timeout against China during competition in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

However, Kobe and Shaq had a massive falling out. Shaq departed the Lakers to join the Miami Heat. He teamed up with Heat star Dwyane Wade. In 2006, Wade and Shaq led the Heat to an NBA Championship. For his excellent performances, Wade was awarded the Finals MVP.

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Dwyane Wade talks about the Kobe Bryant clutch shot

I now watch this video as beautiful art! Iam now thankful to have had this moment with an idle of mines. https://t.co/oXLms7dfGL

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) December 5, 2020

Kobe waited several years before winning an NBA Championship. After the Lakers acquired a new star in Pau Gasol, the Lakers were rejuvenated. They reached three consecutive NBA Finals and won two NBA championships in 2009 and 2010. Kobe cemented his legacy as one of the greatest NBA players of All-Time.

Kobe joined an elite club with his last championship. He became one of the few players in NBA history to win five NBA Championships. Kobe is one of the greatest shooting guards in history behind Michael Jordan. However, Dwyane Wade is not far behind.

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Wade joined fellow friends LeBron James and Chris Bosh in Miami to form the ‘Big Three’. During their reign together, they went to four NBA finals and won two consecutive NBA championships.

Wade and Kobe were two of the best clutch shooters in NBA history. In fact, yesterday marked the 11 year anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s game-winning shot over Dwyane Wade in 2009.

However, upon seeing the reminder, D-Wade tweeted how appreciative he is of the shot in retrospect. Wade tweeted. “I now watch this video as beautiful art! I am now thankful to have had this moment with an idol of mine.”

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Wade has often spoken about how Kobe was his idol in basketball. He was lucky enough to be able to share a court with him as opponents, but also as teammates in the 2008 Olympics. The memories the two are very precious to Wade, and rightfully so.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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