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Heat legend Dwyane Wade explains how he was able to walk away from the NBA

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While Dwyane Wade admitted he doesn’t feel that he’s already retired, the Miami Heat icon said that the thought of coming back to the NBA and playing again never cross his mind.

In an interview with Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Wade explained that he’s able to walk away from the NBA because he fells “complete” and that he has accomplished everything that he wanted to do.

“I feel complete. That’s why I was able to walk away from the game like I did, because I felt complete,” the 37-year-old Heat legend shared. “My career, it surpassed everything that I ever dreamed of. I think that’s the thing, some guys don’t accomplish some of the things that they want to, and they feel like they still have something in them from that standpoint. For me, I’m complete, man. I’ve done everything I wanted to do and more.”

In his 16-year career, Wade has won three championships with the Heat, including a Finals MVP honor in 2006. He has 13 All-Star appearances and has been selected to the All-NBA First Team twice. Internationally, he won a gold and a bronze with Team USA during the 2008 and 2004 Olympics, respectively.

Wade has given everything he could to the Heat and to the NBA. While most people can argue that he’s still has plenty of gas left in the tank, the sure-fire future Hall of Famer is contented with everything that he has achieved.