Heat legend Dwyane Wade reveals what he learned from Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant
Wade says he hit his post retirement life fast and hasn’t looked back. The Heat icon, who is getting his No. 3 jersey retired by Miami on Saturday, says the three aforementioned basketball legends laid the groundwork on what you can do after your NBA career is over:
“I feel even more responsibility now than I did a month ago, because Kobe was leading this charge,” Wade told Rohan Nadkarni of Sports Illustrated. “Kobe was the leader of the new generation of, this is how you do it.
“Michael showed us that you could continue a legacy through sneakers. Magic showed us you can build a business through so many different outlets. Kobe was showing us that you could create stories and win an Oscar. I’m focused on being that leader Kobe was for me and for others. To show the athletes that’s coming up this is how you do it differently. Retirement is not the end of your life. Retirement is the end of a chapter, but you can do these amazing things in the next chapter.”
Wade worked for TNT this past weekend in Chicago for All-Star weekend. The former Heat superstar is really busy nowadays. He doesn’t even have time to think about the “what if” factor of pulling an MJ and coming out of retirement to play for the Heat, who are one of the best teams in the league this season with All-Stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo leading the way.
The Heat’s three-day event for Wade’s jersey retirement is going to be epic. Wade will surely be emotional on Saturday when his No. 3 jersey goes into the rafters in Miami in front of Heat Nation.