Dwyane Wade shoots down comeback rumors, says he’s staying retired
Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade caused quite a stir yesterday when he appeared to allude to a potential comeback in the wake of his retirement following the 2018-19 NBA season.
In a column by Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times, Wade stated that he plans to stay in shape and that he would not rule anything out as it pertained to a possible return to the league:
“I’m done, but my trainer is going to keep me in shape just in case something happens,” Wade said, smiling. “I’m going to stay in shape because you never know. Never say never.”
Wade also mentioned that he plans to continue working out with former teammate and friend LeBron James at the Los Angeles Lakers practice facility in El Segundo, CA:
Staying in shape for Wade might actually include him working out with James before games at the Lakers’ training facility in El Segundo and at Staples Center, which will undoubtedly lead to rumors of a potential reunion this season.
“You’re definitely going to see me out there,” Wade said. “I’ll be there early to work out with LeBron before the game starts. I just want to stay around it and be as involved as I can.”
However, Wade shot down the rumors on Sunday afternoon with an ode to his newborn daughter and settling into retired life as a father:
Kaavia heard these rumors about me coming back. As you can tell she ain’t playing those games. Stop getting me in trouble people. I’m retired asf! I love the game and you will still see me working out & teaching it but that’s to stay in shape. pic.twitter.com/ZTTxxpFdI6
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) September 8, 2019
Indeed, Wade plans to take on more familial responsibilities, most notably moving out to California for his son Zaire, who will play high school basketball at the heralded Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth.
“Flash” may be willing to put his playing days in the rearview mirror, but he will be rooting for Zaire to take up the mantle for the Wade family.