Dwyane Wade, Vanilla Ice sing, dance to Ice Ice Baby
Dwyane Wade was eight years old when Vanilla Ice hit it big in 1990 with his song 'Ice Ice Baby.'
Sunday afternoon at the Miami Heat's 19th annual Family Festival at AmericanAirlines Arena, the now 34-year-old, 12-time All-Star danced to it again.
Already on stage with his teammmates, Wade jumped alongside Vanilla Ice — the day's special guest at the 90's themed event — as he was performing his hit song and bounced to a verse with the 48-year-old entertainer as other Heat players watched and filmed Wade on their camera phones from behind.
Three of Wade's teammates weren't even born when the song came out: rookies Justise Winslow, 19, and Josh Richardson, 22, and second-year combo guard Tyler Johnson, 23. Center Hassan Whiteside, 26, was a week old.
Wade led the Heat to a 122-101 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday night, scoring 24 points in the game and eclipsing 20,000 points in his playing career.
“Last night was special,” Wade said. “I thanked the organization for making it a special night. It being at home was probably the best thing I was able to do here at home.”
Wade became the ninth active player and 41st overall to reach the 20,000-point mark. Team president Pat Riley said Sunday he would like to be around when Wade reaches the 30,000-point mark.
“I just go out each year and try to do what I can within each season,” Wade said. “I’m going to try to do that until I don’t want to do that no more. If God continues to bless me where I continue to have the health to play, then I will do it. Then, when I don’t feel I want to do it anymore, hopefully I can walk away from it when that time comes.
“But I’m enjoying it, man. Like I said last night, I like this team. I really like the vibe that we’re building back here in the city of Miami. It’s just been great. No complaints here man.”
The festival, an annual interactive celebration, raised more than $610,000 to benefit local South Florida charities and the Miami Heat Charitable fund.
The Heat also took a moment during Sunday's festivities to honor team president Riley with a birthday cake. Riley, the architect of the Heat's three NBA championship teams, turned 71 on Sunday.
"It's a great day,” Riley said. “Raising the money we did today, all the fans. We had 1,500 people here.
“The Family Festival is really about family and it's an embodiment of I think what the Heat organization is about. It's not just a perception. It's a reality. And it rolls over into our season ticket holders and our fans and their children. This is how you build the next generation. I don't know what they're going to call them, the Millenial Xs or whatever, but we're building that. It's just a great day and it raised a lot of money for a great cause."