Heat’s Dwyane Wade says he knew it was time to retire when he’s no longer enjoying preparing during the summer
Dwyane Wade’s final game of his storied career came and went on Wednesday night when the Miami Heat went up against the Brooklyn Nets, and three of his best friends showed up to cheer him on: LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul.
Beyond that, his final home game of the season on Tuesday night featured appearances from his actress wife Gabrielle Union, who was sitting courtside with her and Wade’s friends John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.
Wade’s entire “One Last Dance” has been an enjoyable spectacle that has featured a multitude of jersey swaps as well as some amazing on-court moments.
Recently, Wade sat down for a far-reaching interview with USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt, and Wade discussed myriad topics involving his decision to retire at age 37.
To start off, Wade explains that many people have asked him to play one more season: “Everybody. Even family. … It’s time for me to move out of the way and let the next generation do their thing.”
Indeed, with a lot of young, up-and-coming talent in the league, it seemed that Wade was content to ride off into the sunset in his final year. One of the reasons he knew it was time to hang it up was when he didn’t enjoy the buildup to his final season, all the offseason work that goes into a new year.
As usual, Wade was candid.
On when he knew it was time: "I don’t enjoy working out in the summers getting ready for this, the last summer. I didn’t enjoy a lot of things."
What didn't he enjoy? "I don’t like the fact that I have to leave my daughter to come on this road trip."
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) April 11, 2019
Though D-Wade’s career is over, he left a lasting impact on the league, and his exploits will never be forgotten.