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Heat icon Dwyane Wade admits he doesn’t feel retired yet

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Dwyane Wade officially walked away from the NBA after the 2018-19 season, but the former Miami Heat star doesn’t feel like a retired man…at least not yet.

Per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Wade said that retirement hasn’t sunk in just yet, adding that it probably will by the start of training camp.

“I don’t feel retired yet,” Wade shared. “I’m sure once training camp starts, media day, all those things that I’m used to when I’m not involved in that, that’s when it will feel like, ‘Oh dang, I really retired.'”

The NBA treated last season as Wade’s farewell tour. Teams gave the Heat icon tribute videos, while fans treated him with standing ovations on a nightly basis. The league, meanwhile, rewarded him with a special roster spot during the 2019 All-Star Game.

For his part, Wade started swapping jerseys with players from other players.

Seeing him un-retire would not only be weird, but it would also ruin the magic of what’s supposed to be his final season. Then again, Wade said that he just needs to get used to not being involved in NBA-related activities.

“So when that time comes, I’ll have a moment like, dang,’ and then I’ll move on,” the Heat legend added.