Dwyane Wade can still bring a large crowd to its feet.
Wade became the first former Marquette player inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday night, and his speech didn’t disappoint.
The emotional high point was Wade bringing his father on stage.
“We had the same exact dream and we carry the exact name, Dwyane Tyrone Wade,” Wade said. “To know we hustled all the way to the Basketball Hall of Fame is God’s will. So Pops, I know your knees are a little sore, but will you join me on stage as we take our rightful step into basketball heaven?”
Wade also talked about the obstacles he overcame to reach the hall of fame.
“My mom went to jail when I was 9,” he said. “My dad was in and out of jail. I didn’t pass my ACT test… I had a baby in college. All these things that’ll stop you from reaching your goals, I kept fighting because it was my dream.”
Read the entire oral history of Dwyane Wade’s three years at Marquette
This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Dwyane Wade becomes first Marquette player inducted into Hall of Fame