Anyone who followed Louisville basketball during Terry Rozier’s two seasons with the program heard or read at least one story about how the Ohio native grew up idolizing Dwyane Wade.
While all of his friends were worshiping LeBron James, Rozier was modeling his early game after Wade. He dribbled like Wade, he shot floaters like Wade, he even practiced falling like Wade.
“Man, just to think back, like, I was one of the craziest D. Wade fans ever,” Rozier said in 2016. “People don’t understand. I don’t really want to get into it too much until the day he leaves the game. Then I can really tell people how big of a fan I was. For now, I’m in the same league as him, so I’ve got to play it cool.”
Wade’s time in the NBA is coming to an end after this season, and following one his final games against the Boston Celtics, “The Flash” made it a point to exchange jerseys with one of his biggest fans.
Pretty cool. Terry Rozier exchanging jerseys with his childhood idol, Dwyane Wade. pic.twitter.com/LrrpOOILl4— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) January 11, 2019
“I just never thought I’d see this day, witnessing his one last dance and actually playing against him and stuff like that,” Rozier said after the game. “It was mandatory that I got his jersey. I wouldn’t let nobody else get it.”
It’s always wonderful to see someone living out their childhood dream. It’s especially uplifting when it’s someone who has worked as hard to get where they are as Rozier has.