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Dwyane Wade’s Tragic Revelation on Why He Missed Game vs. Pacers
- Updated: January 27, 2018
It was initially unclear what forced Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade to miss Friday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers. It was first reported that he was excused from the game due to a personal matter, but it wasn’t until Saturday that fans discovered what that matter was.
Wade left in order to mourn the loss of his longtime representative and friend, Henry Thomas. The NBA’s official Twitter account posted a tweet on Saturday afternoon to alert fans of Thomas’ tragic passing.
The NBA family mourns the passing of Henry Thomas. He was an important influence in the lives of countless players and a dear friend to so many around the league. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Henry’s family, friends and colleagues.
— NBA (@NBA) January 27, 2018
Wade took to social media to honor Thomas as well, posting a heartfelt message to his former agent along with a picture of both men from the day Wade was drafted into the NBA.
Dear Hank, I’m writing this letter to you as i cry both tears of SADNESS and tears of JOY. I know— i know—i can hear your voice saying “Come on my man”you got this! I can picture your face and feel your hugs in so—so many moments in my life. Whether it’s you hugging me and saying how proud you are of me or congrats on winning a NBA championship or you hugging me and saying everything’s gonna be alright—we will get thru this. I can’t thank you enough for these last 15 years. You should be so proud of the job you did on this young misguided kid from Chicago. I was a young 21 when we met and i needed a Man’s love. My dad and i had things to work out and i was leaving my father figure Coach Crean—so you stepped in right away and became that MAN i desperately needed. I hate saying my “agent” because you have always been way more than that to me. I cry these tears because selfishly i wanted you to be there when i got my jersey retired or when i gave my hall of fame speech or when i had a daughter. I got so many questions on how to raise a strong, confident, intelligent, independent black woman. I hope you don’t mind but i will still be calling on you for guidance. I love you Henry(Hank)Thomas—THANK YOU for loving me right back. Be at peace—We( your family)got this!!! Your son Dwyane!
“Koby [Altman] talked to him and told him to take his time,” Lue said, referring to the Cavaliers general manager. “Personal matter. How much ever time he needs to take to get over what he’s going through, then he’ll be back.”
It’s good to see that everyone in the Cavs organization realizes that some things truly are bigger than basketball. Hopefully Wade will be back in Cleveland soon, but only after he has taken the necessary time to grieve the loss of his close friend.