Dwyane Wade retired last year in a Miami Heat jersey after 16 seasons in the NBA. After playing for a couple of seasons for different teams in the later stage of his career, Wade returned to the franchise that drafted him back in 2003. Wade is the Heat franchise leader in a few categories and the face of a franchise with whom he won 3 NBA championships. In a recent interview on the Showtime Basketball podcast with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, Wade talked about him losing the passion for basketball later in his career.
Wade was able to return and play for Miami Heat in the last season of his career and provided solid minutes averaging 15 points per game at the age of 37. Even though he was still able to play for one or two more seasons in the NBA, Wade lost his passion for the game and believed it’s time to retire. He didn’t have so much fun as before, and it turned out to be more of a business than anything else.
“I love the game. That love never goes away. My passion started to leave once it became more of a business than just the natural fun and the reason why we all started playing; it started to take more and more from me. So I am at the point now where, for the first time since I was a kid that I am enjoying the game from a fan perspective.”