Jeff Green tells Heat star Dwyane Wade he doesn’t need to retire
A lot of players around the NBA are urging Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade to reconsider his retirement from the game. The latest to do so is his close pal Jeff Green of the Washington Wizards, per Candace Buckner of The Washington Post.
Jeff Green on his friend Dwyane Wade: "I’ve been telling him since he announced that he’s going to retire that he doesn’t need to retire. He’s playing amazing, man. At his own pace, he’s playing well for them, doing what he does. He’s been doing it his whole career."
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) March 24, 2019
Green reiterated these comments after Wade scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead Miami to a 113-108 victory over the Wizards. Wade added nine rebounds and five assists, and shot 9-of-16 from the field in 28.
Despite playing a reserve role in his 16th year in the league, Wade continues to be Miami’s go to scorer in the clutch. He certainly showed that with his performance in the fourth quarter that helped the Heat keep the Wizards at bay.
Obviously, Wade is no longer the athletic freak he once was during his prime. But at 37 years old, Father Prime is still averaging steady across-the-board numbers of 14.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in over 25 minutes of action per contest.
It’s no secret that the three-time NBA champion still has some left in the tank. But Wade has made it clear that this season will be his last.
Nonetheless, Wade and the Heat still have some unfinished business to take care of in this final stretch of the regular season. The win over Washington gave Miami their 36th win of the season. Likewise, the win also inched them closer to .500, needing just one more win to even out their record.
Still, this is good enough for the Heat to secure the spot for solo eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. They are currently one game above the ninth place Orlando Magic.
With Wade’s farewell campaign in full swing, he would definitely want include a post-season appearance in his One Last Dance Tour.