Dwyane Wade contemplated retirement during Heat’s ‘Big 3’ era
Wade was having pain in both of his knees during the Big Three era, which lasted from 2010-2014.
Even though the Heat were the best team in the NBA and Dwyane Wade passed the torch of lead dog to LeBron James, the pain was taking the love of the game away from Wade. Moreover, it was taking a toll on the Chicago native mentally.
“My knees were in so much pain,” Wade told Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times. “In my right knee, I had two sets of different bone bruises. I also had chondromalacia under the kneecap, which irritates the kneecap to the extent where it’s just more pain. In my left knee, I had three surgeries so I’m dealing with arthritis. I’m dealing with swelling and all the stuff that comes with that.
“It was a time where I didn’t want to do it anymore. I didn’t want to be in pain anymore.”
During the Big Three era in South Beach, the Heat went to four-straight NBA Finals, winning two and losing two.
Wade is retiring from the NBA after this season. He’s established himself as one of the best players in NBA history and will be a future Hall of Famer one day.
Basketball fans everywhere are glad Wade didn’t retire during that incredible period with LeBron and Bosh.