It seems the San Antonio Spurs’ history with the Miami Heat isn’t such a complicated relationship these days. While the incredibly talented but humble Spurs trio of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker ultimately dominated a different kind of trio to win the 2014 championship, the San Antonio side recently welcomed the son of a former star from Heat to train here. in the town of Alamo.

In 2013 and 2014, the Spurs faced off against the Miami Heat, a team with a very different feel to the pride and joy of San Antonio, in the NBA Finals (more on that later). The Heat had their own line with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. On Monday, Wade – who spent most of his NBA career in Miami before retiring in 2019 – posted a photo to his Instagram Stories reflecting Miami’s loss to San Antonio in 2014.

Chris Bosh (L to R), Dwyane Wade and LeBron James walk the stage during a fan event at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on July 9, 2010.Associated press

In the same photo, he may also have hinted at a possible future with the Spurs for his son Zaire, who is no doubt working to follow in his father’s footsteps and played with the Salt Lake City Stars in the NBA G League last season before injury forced him out.

The photo shows Zaire posing on the pitch at the Spurs training center and wearing a Spurs No.74 t-shirt. Wade got a little sentimental for several reasons. In a longer text caption, he acknowledged how proud he was of his son.

Dwyane Wade celebrates his third-quarter half-court buzzer-beater, one of his three big plays in the second half that helped end Spurs' nine-game winning streak.

Dwyane Wade celebrates his third-quarter half-court buzzer-beater, one of his three big plays in the second half that helped end Spurs’ nine-game winning streak.

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“June 20 now has another special meaning to me. 1st NBA practice,” he wrote, ending the caption with the green checkmark emoji.

As well as showing off Zaire’s big day, Wade also took the opportunity to reminisce about his years playing against Spurs. In a smaller caption, he pointed to the team’s 2014 championship banner and wrote “Won that 2014 [ring emoji] Vs us” and added an angry emoji for good measure.


While it may seem like a long time since Spurs made it all the way to the NBA Finals, dedicated fans will likely have no trouble remembering the stress and frustration that came in 2013 after the loss to San Antonio in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Spurs were able to redeem themselves the following year when the team won the Championship in five games.

Despite Spurs-Heat history, it’s all love between Wade and the San Antonio team. During Wade’s final game against Spurs in his final NBA season, Gregg Popovich hugged him on the court and gave him signed jerseys from Duncan, Ginobili and Parker.

Spurs also shared a tribute video honoring the three-time NBA champion.

Only time will tell if Popovich gets to coach one of Wade’s men after all.

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, right, accepts a gift from San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich before an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in San Antonio.  (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, right, accepts a gift from San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich before an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

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