Dwyane Wade reacts to Shaquille O’Neal being ‘jealous’ of him
Dwyane Wade took to Twitter to react to Shaquille O’Neal claiming jealously over how he’ll be able to go on a so-called “farewell tour” during the 2018-19 season after signing a one-year deal with Miami Heat for one last run.
Wade made sure to note in his tweet that it’s not his desire to go on a farewell tour in his 16h and final NBA season but seemed to appreciated O’Neal’s sentiments.
I never wanted a “farewell tour” but being in the position to have one is an unbelievable honor that i couldn’t rob my fans of. @SHAQ you definitely deserved one and i would have loved to be apart of it. Thank you for believing in me enough! #06Champs
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) September 21, 2018
“I never wanted a ‘farewell tour’ but being in the position to have one is an unbelievable honor that i couldn’t rob my fans of, Wade wrote. “[SHAQ] you definitely deserved one and i would have loved to be apart of it. Thank you for believing in me enough!”
Wade added the hashtag #06Champs in reference of course to the NBA title he and O’Neal won with the Heat back in 2006.
O’Neal’s original comments that inspired Wade’s tweeted retort came earlier this week.
“I’m jealous,” O’Neal told the Sun-Sentinel Thursday in Miami. “I’m jealous right now. I wanted the whole farewell tour.
“… I remember watching Kareem’s and Magic’s and Bird’s farewell tour. Every great, historic player deserves one. D-Wade is a historic player. And there’s a lot of barbershop talk of him being the second- or the third-best two-guard in the game. And when you bring his name up, there’s nobody even close, as far as three, four, five, six and all that. So he is one of the top two-guards to play the game.
“I’m happy for him that he can have this farewell tour, especially here in Wade County.”
O’Neal was not able to embark upon a farewell tour of his own as injuries brought an abrupt end to his career. The four-time NBA champion, 2000 MVP and 15-time All-Star played in only 37 games with the Boston Celtics in 2010-11.
The differences in opinion held by Wade and O’Neal when it comes to farewell tours, while certainly interesting, is hardly surprising given their disparate personalities. What’s attractive to one person is not necessarily desirable to another.