Dwyane Wade shares why he wears No. 7 in the NBA
Former Chicago Bulls player and Chicago native Dwyane Wade wore the No. 3 NBA jersey for most of his illustrious NBA career. Aside from his brief stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers, when Wade wore the No. 9 NBA jersey, he is best known for his association with the No. 3 jersey. When asked why he chose to wear the NBA jersey, Wade explained that it has a lot to do with another iconic NBA player who also wears the same number — “Answer” Allen Iverson.
Wade has been outspoken about how his favorite NBA player growing up was his flying man, Michael Jordan. However, when Wade entered the NBA in 2003 and joined the Miami Heat, Jordan had already retired for the second and final time. Iverson, on the other hand, still plays for the Philadelphia 76ers, and to Wade, Allen Iverson is a cultural hero.
“Michael Jordan is my favorite NBA player. But when I was a kid, with Michael Jordan deciding to retire, Allen Iverson became a hero of our culture,” Wade said.
“I think a lot of people know I wear the number 3, but a lot of people don’t know why I wear the number 3. So I just want to take this moment as an opportunity that should be about me and I want to be able to give to those who allow me and Shine a light and send flowers to the people who helped me get here,” Wade added.
At his peak, Iverson championed individuality and authenticity in a culture that provided NBA players of all backgrounds with a blueprint for success. From his fearless presence on the court to his boldness off it, Iverson was a revolutionary figure who inspired millions around the world.
“Allen Iverson showed me what it’s like and how to do it from the broken community that I come from. So I want to send him flowers in front of the world because he deserves it.” Wade Said.