Celtics’ Brad Stevens glad Heat’s Dwyane Wade choosing to retire after lauding his last season
Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens is glad longtime conference staple Dwyane Wade is choosing to retire after this season, knowing the series of headaches he’s brought his team after several years of competition against the Miami Heat and the soon-to-be Hall of Famer.
Stevens stressed outmost respect for his career, noting he’s looking as good as he has in recent years.
“I would echo what everybody else is saying, he looks like he could go for another couple years,” said Stevens, according to Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston. “Like everybody else, I’ll be glad that he’s choosing to do something else.”
Wade said in a recent interview that he doesn’t have his post-career life lined up just yet, but plans to be “available” for his son Zaire, as he pursues his dream of becoming an NBA player.
The Heat are hanging to their playoff hopes by a thread, only a half game ahead of their in-state neighbor, the Orlando Magic, for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.
At 38-38 and with six games to go, Wade is hopeful to go out with one last semblance of the postseason in his mind, after averaging 14.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in his 16th and final season in the league.