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Emotional Dwyane Wade tributes have already begun. And words from Pat Riley

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The final few days of Dwyane Wade’s career will be filled with emotion.

Some of that emotion was captured in a Budweiser commercial that was created to capture Wade’s off-court impact.

The commercial takes Wade’s season-long jersey swap ritual to another level, with Wade coming face-to-face with five people he’s impacted most throughout his career. Among those who surprised Wade in the commercial is his mother, Jolinda.

Wade thought he was showing up to meet fans for the commercial. But Wade learned they’re actually waiting with items to swap with him, and they tell the story of how Wade has impacted their lives through those items.

The commercial is scheduled to air on Fox Sports Sun and at AmericanAirlines Arena during the Heat’s home regular-season finale against the 76ers on Tuesday.

Also, Heat president Pat Riley spoke about Wade in advance of the Heat guard’s retirement in a video the NBA tweeted Monday night.

“I wasn’t easy to play for, but I think everybody felt that I wanted the very best for them,” Riley said in the video. “And I think Dwyane, from the very first day, I just loved his competitive nature. He’s special, really unique and special. So how do I feel about him? I love the guy. I’ve been around him 16 years and there isn’t anybody that ever played in Miami that will have a bigger legacy than Dwyane. Nobody. I think everybody saw something absolutely unique athletically. He was the best in the world in 2006, above everybody. It’s going to be a sad day when he retires. It really will be. But it will be a great day for him because he knows he’s gotten everything out of the game. A player of his generation unlike any other.”

There was also a Gatorade commercial for Wade, featuring a re-worked version of School House Rock’s, “Three is a Magic Number,” sung by John Legend.

And there was a video @TwitterSports put together that includes some of the most momentous moments of Wade’s career, featuring exclusive interviews with Gabrielle Union, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Bosh, Rachel Nichols, Caron Butler, Stephen A. Smith and others.

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Anthony Chiang covers the Miami Heat for the Miami Herald. He attended the University of Florida and was born and raised in Miami.