Dwyane Wade admits he’ll miss Heat teammates once he retires, plans to be a sounding board for them
Dwyane Wade is quickly approaching the last few days of his regular-season career, fighting for a playoff spot with his Miami Heat only a half-game behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth and final spot.
However, the 16th-year man out of Marquette admitted what he’ll miss the most out of playing in the league is the camaraderie and bond he’s shared with his teammates, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
“The thing I think I’ll miss the most are the interactions with my teammates,” said Wade, who is capping his last season with averages of 14.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
Wade insisted he’ll always be available as a “sounding board” for this core of players, knowing the task of growth they have ahead.
Head coach Eric Spoelstra expressed a bit of melancholy during these crucial games, knowing a players as special as Wade will be leaving the game for good, soon to announce his retirement once the Heat’s season comes to a close.
“We don’t want the season to end,” said Spoelstra.
Wade, like his longtime rival Dirk Nowitzki, had also hoped to go out on a winning note, though he announced this would be the last year of his 16-year career at the beginning of the season, leaving no room for doubt despite increasing clamor for his stay in the game.
The Chicago-area native has been honored in every road arena as well as showered with gifts and praise from former teammates and opponents.