Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade is no longer on a maintenance program, though the future Hall of Famer says “a lot of hard work” was put in to get off that minutes and playing restriction.

During the 2013-14 season, Wade had a lot of pain in his knees and wasn't playing in back-to-backs. The Chicago native missed 28 games during that season and didn't look explosive anymore.

Fast forward to today and Wade doesn't have pain in his knees. The guard says it's really nice to be able to just play basketball without thinking about his body.

“It’s crazy because that was like five years ago,” Wade said of the maintenance program he used to play under, via Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald. “It hasn’t been a topic of conversation for me for a while. I was very open about the injuries that I went through and how it felt. … Just in a lot of pain. But now, it’s great to be able to just play and not think about anything. It’s a lot of hard work that I’ve put in, too. A lot of sacrifice I had to put in, change the habits that I had.”

Dwyane Wade has played in 60 games this season, his final year in the NBA.

The 13-time All-Star, who comes off the bench for the Heat, is averaging 14.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists while shooting 43.6 percent from the field, 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free-throw line.