Well, Dwyane Wade‘s time away from basketball didn’t last too long.
The 3-time NBA champ has returned to the sport he loves by way of team ownership. Wade has purchased an ownership stake in the Utah Jazz and doesn’t want a cushy desk job in the franchise– he wants to be hands-on and have an active role. Wade is, of course, not the first retired NBA player to become an owner, and he’s looked at other greats like Grant Hill, Shaq, and Michael Jordan and wants to do the same.
“This goes way beyond the dream I had to just play basketball in the NBA,” Wade told ESPN. “I’ve seen Shaq do it in Sacramento. I’ve seen Grant Hill do it in Atlanta. I’ve seen Jordan do it in Charlotte. If this partnership is going to be anything like my relationship is with Ryan, there are going to be a lot of things that I’ll want to be involved in.”
The Miami hit legend is aware of how lucky he is to get this opportune and help mold an NBA franchise without suiting up.
“… Unfortunately, people in my community don’t get this opportunity, and I do not take it lightly to have this opportunity. To make real change, this is where you have to be — at the top — and Ryan knows that. I’m thankful for him, and I know too that I bring a lot to this partnership outside of just my basketball knowledge and skills.”
The Ryan he speaks of is the majority owner and team governor Ryan Smith who purchased the Utah Jazz from the Miller family for US$1.66 billion in October 2020.
Twitter applauded the future Hall of Famer’s business move:
Twitter Reacts To Dwyane Wade Purchasing Stake In Utah Jazz
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Jazz fans to Dwayne Wade pic.twitter.com/64fKLwXLir— 𝑪𝒂𝒎 ✪🌹 (@OvertimeCurry) April 16, 2021
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our ownership really went from gail miller to dwayne wade bro pic.twitter.com/FFzUcxcm7c— jonah (@hoodiejonah) April 16, 2021
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Ryan Smith has been owner for, what, like 6 months? Look at this culture change. Look at all the success we’ve had thus far. NOW. Now is the time to be a huge Jazz fan. And we just added Mr. Dwyane Wade to the mix. Wow. I am absolutely thrilled.— Dan (@iwillbedanned) April 16, 2021
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Dwayne Wade Nikola Jokic— clapped 𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 🌊🐘 (@OrlandoNuggs2) April 16, 2021
Owning the Utah Jazz
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Ryan Smith and Dwayne Wade counting all the big name free agents the Jazz are going to get in the next few years pic.twitter.com/TbHA1gOpGB— Riley (@rgiss11) April 16, 2021
Business, Man: Dwyane Wade Purchases Ownership Stake In Utah Jazz & Twitter Salutes Him was originally published on cassiuslife.com