Young Basketball Player Channels Inner Dwyane Wade With Hilarious Pump Fake

Jan 14, 2024; Miami, Florida, USA; Former Miami Heat player Dwayne Wade reacts after learning of plans to build a statue outside the Heat's arena - Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports
Jan 14, 2024; Miami, Florida, USA; Former Miami Heat player Dwayne Wade reacts after learning of plans to build a statue outside the Heat's arena - Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports / Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade may have some competition when it comes to his infamous pump fake that he used over the years.

Wade was considered among the best at it during his playing days that spanned 16 seasons before he retired in 2019. But a young hooper may have Wade beat. An Internet video posted recently shows an inspiring player trying to duplicate the move that Wade fooled hundreds of players with during his career.

The video is below.

Wade once said he learned the move from former NBA player Sam Cassell. The two became friends when Wade was in college. Cassell played for the Milwaukee Bucks while Wade attended nearby Marquette University. They would work out together sometimes, working on the move.

According to a story by Couper Moorhead of NBA.com in 2019, Wade got 339 players to jump on 580 pump fakes throughout his career.

"When you said to yourself at one point that ‘It seems like Wade gets someone with that every game’, you weren’t that far off," Moorhead wrote. "It was about once every two games."

Wade used the move to build one of the most successful careers of all time. He is generally considered the third-best shooting guard in league history behind Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Wade is the franchise's most celebrated player. He is the Heat's career leading scorer. Last year he was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, becoming the first Heat-drafted player to earn the honor.

So perhaps the young basketball player is off to a good start.


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Shandel Richardson

SHANDEL RICHARDSON