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Kevin Huerter grew up idolizing Dwyane Wade and wore No. 3 because of him. 

By Dan Gartland
March 05, 2019

You can see how much it meant to him

Dwyane Wade made a dream come true for Hawks rookie Kevin Huerter after Atlanta’s game against the Heat last night.

Huerter grew up in upstate New York idolizing Wade, wearing his shoes and jersey number. He had to wear No. 4 at Maryland because the Terps retired 3 for Juan Dixon but he switched right back to Wade’s number after being taken in the first round by the Hawks. 

After the game, Wade approached Huerter and said he wanted to swap jerseys with him. 

“For as long as I can remember, me and my brother would wear his shoes when we were younger,” Huerter told reporters. “We’d watch his game. He was really one of the first NBA guys I looked up to.”

As you can tell by Huerter’s face, he was clearly floored by the request. 

“Earlier in the year, a good friend told me about him when he was younger that he used to wear my shoes and the No. 3 because of me, he looked up to me,” Wade said in an on-court interview with Fox Sports Sun. “So I knew I was going to surprise the last time we played them. But I really like his game. He’s someone since preseason when we played him to all the way up to now he’s gotten so much better. So from one No. 3 to another, I thought I’d switch jerseys with him.”

“The look on his face, I understood it meant a lot to him,” Wade added later.

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Surreal Moment. #Lucky3s #onelastdance ⚡️

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That’s definitely the highlight of Huerter’s first NBA season.

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RIP, Luke Perry

Colin Hanks’s Luke Perry story is awesome

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I only met him once but the story is too good not tell given todays sad events. My wife and I are on a plane back from Mexico. Couple of rows ahead of us, these two brothers, young kids, are beating the hell out of eachother. Their poor parents are powerless to stop the crying, yelling and screaming. If you're a parent you understand. Sometimes there's nothing you can do. It was like this for close to two hours. Then about 10 minutes before landing it starts to get real bad. Out of no where, a man comes from first class. Hat, beard, sunglasses, blowing up a balloon. He ties it off, hands it off like he's holding out a sword to a king. Kneeling, Head down, arms up. Kids calm down in milliseconds. Plane damn near bursts into applause. 15 minutes longer and it probably would have started WWIII, but we landed before that could happen. We get off the plane, are waiting on line in customs. Finally get a good look at the guy and I say to my wife "Holy shit. I think that balloon man/hero" is Luke Perry". As luck would have it we end up standing next to each other. Out of the blue he turns to me and says some kind words about Fargo, which kinda blew my mind. I start singing his praises about how long I've admired him and also about the move with the balloon. "That's a pro move! You can't teach that!" I say. He tells me he always flies with a couple of balloons for that very reason, to give to screaming kids. Don't know if that's true, but have no reason to believe it wasn't. Guy seemed like a true gent. Gone way too damn soon. Also, I'll be damned if I don't start traveling with some spare balloons 🎈🎈🎈 #promove #rip #lukeperry #truegent

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