NBA Star Dwayne Wade Talks About Leaving Basketball Behind

Dwayne Wade has played in a total of 13 NBA All-Star games during his career, which consisted of 16 seasons. Last season, the now-former NBA star retired, but he recently went back to Chicago to be a TNT analyst and judge for the Saturday night Slam Dunk contest.

Mar 7, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade
NBA Star Dwayne Wade Talks About Leaving Basketball Behind

Wade was asked if he thought he could still hang with the best NBA players after he watched them play in the All-Star games. His response was, “Absolutely not.” He also mentioned that he’s not in prime basketball shape anymore and that he didn’t play basketball anymore even though he thought he would.

Dwayne Wade Making History for the Heat

Dwayne Wade Making History for the Heat
NBA Star Dwayne Wade Talks About Leaving Basketball Behind

During All-Star Weekend, the Miami Heat planned a big multi-night celebration in honor of Dwayne Wade. This included retiring his #3 jersey and honoring him as the team’s all-time leading scorer. He also helped the team win an NBA title in 2006, playing alongside LeBron James and Chris Bosh to win in 2010, along with two more NBA championships in 2012 and 2013.

There was also a screening of a documentary based on Wade’s life and his career – “D.Wade Life Unexpected.” It showcases his disruptive upbringing as a child in Chicago to his rise to NBA stardom. It also touched on his personal life in terms of his divorce, custody battle for his children, current marriage to Gabrielle Union, along with his support for his daughter Zaya and her gender identity.

Making the Decision to Retire

During the interview with GQ, Wayde talks about moving out of his dad’s house when he was 16 to move in with his then-girlfriend and her mother. At that time, Wade realized that he wanted to pursue his basketball dreams actively and that he would have to do it on his own.

Wade was asked if he felt similarly about when he was retiring, to which he answered positively and that it was his time to go. His thoughts about retiring didn’t come from him thinking that he couldn’t compete with some of the new stars. He most definitely feels that he can if he keeps his body in shape. He just woke up one day and had a different vision.