“I don’t know necessarily what to expect in terms of what the crowd will be or the expectations, but I’ve got some interesting ideas and I can’t wait to share them.”
“Obviously, he’s a smart guy and he’s really curious about getting better on the basketball court and a lot of other things,” said Boston coach Brad Stevens. “I’ve really enjoyed spending time around him. I think he’s really thoughtful. I think he’s a guy that wants to continue to grow in every way.
“We’ve talked about — we want guys in here that are growth-oriented and have that mindset. That was clear before we drafted him, just in meeting with him, that he had that.”
“That’s where I thought it went wrong, middle to end of the third,” Bucks coach Joe Prunty said. “The pick-and-roll was really causing us problems … and then on the other end of the floor (the ball) wasn’t moving as freely.”
“It’s unbelievable,” said Cavs forward Larry Nance Jr. “It’ll never … if that ever gets done again, I’ll be shocked. We’re in the presence of something special right now and it’s an incredible accomplishment, so congrats to him, obviously.”
Point guard Jordan Clarkson, a recent addition to the Cavs (along with Nance) who hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:04 remaining in Tuesday’s contest, was asked what he has learned about James in six games with him as a teammate.
Wade had Oliver’s name written on his sneakers, then went out and scored 15 of Miami’s final 17 points as the Heat took down the visiting Philadelphia 76ers 102-101.
Wade’s jumper with 5.9 seconds remaining was the game winner.
Afterward, he reacted to how special the moment was.
“From the standpoint of away from the game of basketball, as I continue saying, just understanding how important we are as professionals,” Wade said. “And for me, it’s just giving whatever I can to people who believe in me, and especially people who were happy about me coming back here [after the trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this month] who embrace me the way that I only can dream of with me coming back home. So just paying some due respect to [Oliver] and his family tonight.”
Wade later posted on social media about the night, singling out both his late agent, Henry Thomas, and Oliver.
Oliver was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and also was a huge Heat fan. His parents revealed Sunday on the Univision talk show “Al Punto” that their son was buried in his Wade jersey, something not lost on the 12-time All-Star when asked about it Monday.