Father Time is gaining ground on Dwyane Wade, but he’s not looking for a going away party when retirement comes around.
Dwyane Wade, 36, recently got traded back to the Miami Heat from the Cleveland Cavaliers on last Thursday’s trade deadline. He spent his first 13 seasons with the franchise after they selected him 5th overall in 2003. Now that he’s back, the former Finals MVP has retirement in the back of his mind, despite not admitting when he’ll call it quits.
In an interview with ESPN’s Jorge Sedano, Wade elaborated on how he won’t search for a Kobe Bryant-style farewell tour; it’s not who he is:
“I’m not a narcissist like that. I don’t think I need it. I’m not calling Kobe a narcissist. He earned it and needed that. But I can’t set out and say I want a farewell tour like Kobe Bryant. That’s not who I am. … When the time comes (to retire), I’ll announce it in my own D-Wade fashion the way that I do. Hopefully, I can move on and live on the memories from that point on.”
Bryant, who retired after the 2015-16 season, announced his decision in a Players’ Tribune piece titled “Dear Basketball.” Once that went viral, the rest of the NBA’s teams organized tributes to pay homage to one of the all-time greats, complete with gifts and videos chronicling Kobe’s career.
Dirk Nowitzki is another legend who’s elected to go out with much more subtlety, yearning for a celebration more toward the Tim Duncan end of the spectrum. What Dirk and Wade have in common is being relatively soft-spoken and reluctance to bask in the attention of others.
Dwyane Wade has suited up for 47 games this year, and he’s a well-past-his-prime player who’s fully aware their career will be coming to a close shortly. In Wade’s first game back with Miami, he totaled three points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals.
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