Despite being retired, Dwyane Wade knows how to keep himself relevant; and he's doing it again today. To give you an idea of what we are talking about, have you ever heard a friend or co-worker bring up some new national holiday and wonder, "who is making this up?"
"Hey, happy 'National tube-sock day!'"
While we think these made-up holidays are silly, we've gained some new perspective today. It is our opinion that today ought to be "National Lob-Pass Day."
On this day, back in 2008, Dwyane Wade completed one of the most extraordinary passes ever displayed within a basketball court. We're not exaggerating! See for yourself.
Alright, alright, alright. Let's break this down.
In the 2008 Beijing Olympic games, US basketball's roster was just flat out ridiculous. The team was comprised of the following names: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, there are more all-stars on the list but we think you get the point.
On Aug. 14, 2008, the US faced Greece in a group stage match.
Two years prior to the games, Wade had just cemented his name among one of the NBA's elite talents after winning his first NBA title with the Miami Heat.
In the second quarter of the game against Greece, Wade is on his toes and blocks a Greek pass at the half-court line. Problem is, his pass deflection seems to go a bit too far and forces him to make a sprint for the sideline to attempt to maintain possession.
Ever the athletic freak, Wade is not just capable of keeping possession but he ends up having the presence of mind to attempt one for the most insane alley-oop passes imaginable.
In one fell swoop, the Heat legend floats the ball toward an idle Kobe Bryant, who absolutely slams the ball home.
The pass not only shocked viewers watching but it probably made the Greek players question why Wade and Bryant were not included in one of Homer's epic tales of Gods and Warriors.
Wade caught wind of the flashback tweet and posed an interesting question.
Is it the best lob ever thrown? Honestly, it's a fair question.
The play is just nuts. However, Wade has had a long career. 16 seasons in the NBA is plenty of time to pull off some wild plays when you've been wearing that number 3 jersey for the Heat. So fans decided to remind Wade that the lob in question may not have even been some of his own best work!
Silly D Wade. He can't even properly name his greatest lobs...
Anyway, Happy National Lob-Pass Day, everyone!