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Heat’s Dwyane Wade says he doesn’t want to be the ‘guy to sit on the bench’ and not make an impact

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Dwyane Wade’s “last dance” in his final season in the NBA has been nothing if not entertaining. Wherever Wade goes, he brings myriad headlines with him, and tonight was no exception. Though the Miami Heat played a game against the Boston Celtics, Wade’s interview with Rohan Nadkarni in Sports Illustrated was making the rounds.

In it, Wade discusses the idea that sitting on the bench to end his career would’ve been defeating. According to Nadkarni’s piece:

“Wade wasn’t interested in playing ‘15 minutes a game and not [making] an impact. I don’t want to be the guy to sit on the bench and the fans always have to chant, ‘We want Wade.’’”

Certainly, that is not the case with Wade, as he is playing major minutes for a team with playoff aspirations in the Eastern Conference. Beyond that, Wade was named as an honorary All-Star this year alongside his rival Dirk Nowitzki.

The immediate reaction to this quote might be that Wade is sniping at Nowitzki, as the two have seemingly never gotten along, and the Mavs-Heat rivalry is a real thing after both teams’ matchups in the NBA Finals over the past two decades.

No matter what, Wade is both a walking bucket and a walking highlight, as his earlier ridiculous buzzer-beater against the Golden State Warriors would attest.