Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Special Moment in Wade's Farewell Swaps Jerseys with Close Friend

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Special Moment in Wade's Farewell Swaps Jerseys with Close Friend

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After the buzzer sounded late Monday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the moment was just beginning.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade shared a long hug and spent a few seconds reflecting on their journeys to this point, their final NBA regular-season game against each other before Wade retires at the end of the season.

Seconds later, the much-anticipated jersey exchange between Wade and James happened.

"It's the end of a storybook," James said of their relationship, "like one of the best movies you've ever seen."

Swapping jerseys with an opposing player after each game has become a signature element of Wade's final NBA season, but Monday's exchange with James felt truly special. And Wade admitted this one, with his close friend and former Heat championship teammate, felt different. …

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