Dwyane Wade is one of the greatest players to have ever played basketball. Among fellow shooting guards, he is definitely a top five player. Right from the days when a young Wade single-handedly took Marquette to the Final Four, he has been an elite among his peers. He was selected 5th overall by the Miami Heat in the legendary 2003 NBA Draft. He was great right out of the gates and set the league on fire with his high flying dunks and spectacular composure in clutch situations. Nicknamed ‘The Flash’ for his quickness by Shaquille O’Neal, he was also called ‘America’s Favourite High Flyer’ by NBA commentators. In the 2006 NBA Finals, he led the Miami Heat to four straight wins against the Dallas Mavericks after the Heat were down 0-2. He was named the Finals MVP in the process. His game was so incredible from the start that when Shaquille O’Neal was traded to the Heat, he openly conceded that ‘it was D-Wade’s team’.
In the 2010 off season, he joined forces with close friends and two of the best players in the league, LeBron James and Chris Bosh to form the most formidable trio of all time (that is until Kevin Durant joined Steph Curry and Klay Thompson with the Golden State Warriors). The Miami Heat’s Big 3, who were also known as ‘The Heatles‘ went on to reach four straight finals and win two of those. After losing the 2014 NBA Finals to the San Antonio Spurs, LeBron James left the Heat to go back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he reached four more NBA Finals and won once. Wade’s game declined with time as age and injuries started affecting the once explosive guard. He spent one and a half seasons away from the Miami Heat, where he played with his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls, and with his best friend LeBron James’ team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. In February 2018, he was traded back to the Miami Heat and he is playing his final few NBA games right now.
In an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, hostess of The Jump, Wade talked about how he is going to handle his life after retirement. Here’s a part of what he had to say:
“I’ll be in therapy. Seriously, I meant it, it is going to be a big change. I told my wife, I said, ‘I need to do therapy, and we need to do a little bit.
I was always against someone that don’t know me telling me how to live my life or giving me instructions. But I need someone to talk to about it. Because it is a big change. Even though I got a long life to live, other great things I can accomplish and do, it’s not this. So it’s going to be different.”
When asked about how he looks back at his career, Wade said: “It’s been surreal. It’s like you — you have this vision of, you know, how you want things to go, right, with everything in life. And when something, you know, surpasses that vision, it’s kinda like it’s an out-of-body experience.
I couldn’t have written this book any better. This is a best-seller. And I couldn’t have written it about my life.”
Speaking about the Heat’s battle for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, Wade said: “I’m gonna go out the way D-Wade’s supposed to go out. You know what I mean? And like, I think it helps, too, that we are in this playoff battle. ‘Cause I’m just trying to win.
I’m in a real good space, and I haven’t been in that space in a long time. I’m happy with how my body feels. I’m happy with the extra additions to my life. I’m excited about the unknown. How we going to get it done, you know? So I’m excited about it.”
The future hall of famer hasn’t really made up his mind about his post NBA career yet. When questioned about it, he said: “I have no idea what it is I want to do yet. But I definitely know I want to do a little bit of everything. Especially in the beginning, I want to see what I can be great at. I’m so used to being great at something or trying to strive to be great at something. That’s what I want to be at whatever else I choose to do. We’ll see.”When asked if he was going to cry after his final game, Wade said: “I don’t think I’m going to cry, I only cry in intimate settings.”