Dwyane Wade to debate retirement after the postseason
Yet this type of game heroics hasn’t stopped the 36-year-old from thinking about his impending retirement.
“A lot of people think that if you do decide to go out it’s because you weren’t supposed to be able to play no more. It’s not always supposed to be that,” Wade told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne after a 113-103 win over the Sixers.
Wade said he would take time to think about his future after the end of the season, assessing all the factors in play before making his decision to come back for another year.
“Just taking time to think, that’s all I’m doing,” Wade said. “Taking time to think and looking at every angle and what’s the best situation for me to be in. That’s all. It’s a lot of different, it’s a lot of different things that come into play.”
Unlike fellow draftmates LeBron James, who came straight out of high school, and Carmelo Anthony, a one-and-done product after netting an NCAA championship for Syracuse — Wade declared for the draft after his sophomore year at Marquette, making him the older of the bunch.
Regularly wrapping his knees in ice and doing constant maintenance on his body to be able to perform at a high level, Wade has been reduced to a bench role for the first time in his career — averaging a career-low 11.5 points per game despite still proving capable of showing flashes of brilliance every now and again.