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Dwyane Wade was nicknamed after superhero “Flash” for his blazing speed on the court. But the Miami Heat legend knows he’s far from invincible and isn’t afraid to admit he’ll seek professional help as he transitions into retirement.

“I’ll be in therapy. Seriously,” Wade told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on “The Jump” on Friday. “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.”

Wade will call it a career after 16 seasons in the NBA. He was drafted fifth overall by the Heat in the 2003 draft, winning three titles with the club and Finals MVP in 2006.

The 37-year-old made 13 All-Star appearances and earned first-team All-NBA honors twice. Wade isn’t sure what lies ahead, but welcomes whatever challenge awaits.

“I have no idea what it is I want to do yet,” Wade said. “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.”

The Heat are currently a 1/2 game back of the final playoff spot with four games remaining.

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Like Frank Sinatra, Dwyane Wade is doing it his way.

With nine regular-season games left in his NBA career – and the playoffs not yet guaranteed – the Miami Heat cornerstone feels he could keep playing, but doesn’t want to.

“I know I can play a solid two more years, especially in this role that I’m in now,” Wade told The Athletic’s Shams Charania. “I can play another two, three years, definitely.”

While Wade’s explosiveness has been in decline for some time, the 37-year-old has had his moments as Miami’s sixth man this season. He’s averaging 14.3 points and shooting a career-high 32.7 percent – on a near career-high 3.3 attempts per game – from deep.

“People around me want me to keep playing,” Wade added. “But I made the decision to say this was my last season and I wanted to walk away the way I’m walking away now and have no regrets about it … people want you to keep going for selfish reasons. No one knows what you’re dealing with. I’ve always had support from people around me. Even now, you hear from people. Everyone wanting you to keep playing. But you have to understand yourself, understand your body.”

Going into Monday, Miami sits one game ahead of the Orlando Magic in the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Four of the Heat’s last nine games come at home, including Tuesday’s tilt with those Magic. A Miami loss would cede the season tiebreaker to Orlando. Wade’s former teammate Chris Bosh will have his jersey retired at halftime.

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Chris Bosh is looking to expand his portfolio.

The former Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors big man told TMZ Sports that he plans to focus on acting, among other things, once he officially retires from the NBA next month.

“It was just time, man,” Bosh said about his decision to retire. “Time to do other things. Maybe be in some movies or something.”

When asked if he’s been taking acting classes, Bosh replied, “Yeah man, acting. Music. The whole nine, bro.”

Bosh has already made cameos on several television shows, including “Entourage,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “The Odd Couple.” He also plays guitar.

The 34-year-old will retire when the Heat raise his No. 1 jersey to the rafters of AmericanAirlines Arena on March 26.

 

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The Miami Heat will retire Chris Bosh‘s number later this season, the team announcedon Monday.

Bosh’s No. 1 will be raised to the rafters at AmericanAirlines Arena on March 26, 2019, when the Heat host the Orlando Magic.

The 35-year-old was part of the Heat’s Big Three era along with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. During that time, from 2010 to 2014, Miami reached four consecutive NBA Finals and secured back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013.

Bosh is the fifth-highest scorer in franchise history (6,914 points), and he’s seventh in both blocks (332) and rebounds (2,816).

The 11-time All-Star hasn’t played since the 2015-16 season because of life-threatening blood clots. In June 2017, the NBA ruled that Bosh has a career-ending illness.

Bosh said this past summer that he’s still looking to make a comeback, but he’d rule it out “if it doesn’t happen by February.”

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Chris Bosh has been spending a lot of time with the Miami Heat recently, watching his former team from the stands over their last three home games and helping out the squad during a recent practice.

Dwyane Wade, for his part, has been happy to see his old teammate and close friend – who hasn’t played since he was diagnosed with blood clots in 2016 for the second time – in good spirits and around the organization.

“Chris was going through a lot,” Wade said, according to the Miami Herald’s Anthony Chiang. “He was somebody who was one of the best players in the world, and he had a diagnosis that comes that no one is familiar with, really. It’s just a tough situation. You got a player who was 32 at the time, something like that, and the way the game is going, can play for a long time. It’s just unfortunate.

“So yeah, of course it’s going to take a lot of hardship to get out of that situation and get to where everybody is now. But the bigger picture, he needs to and should be a part of this organization. I’m glad to see him around.”

Bosh joined the Heat in 2010 as part of the team’s Big Three with Wade and LeBron James, helping the franchise win consecutive championships in 2012 and 2013.

Miami officially waived Bosh on July 4, 2017 after his diagnosis, but was exempt from paying the remaining $52 million on his deal since he was not medically cleared to return after missing over a year of action.

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It was a surreal moment for Bradley Beal Friday night at American Airlines Arena when the Washington Wizards guard exchanged his jersey with that of Dwyane Wade, who will be calling it a career at the end of his 16th season.

Beal grew up admiring the Miami Heat All-Star, so when the opportunity presented itself, the 25-year-old revealed to Wade that the No. 3 he dons is actually a tribute to his idol.

“I tried not to lose my mind when he first gave it to me because that’s unbelievable,” Beal said of the swap following Washington’s 115-109 road loss, according to the Associated Press. “I’m trying not to be a fan, but I am a fan, and I am a huge fan of his game. I try to predicate a little bit of my game off of his. This is probably the first time I’m actually saying that, but he’s a legend forever.”

Beal led all scorers with 33 points on 25 shots, adding nine rebounds and seven assists in 40 minutes of action. Wade, meanwhile, came off the bench for Miami to drop 14 points and six dimes as the Heat improved to 19-18.

“He’s one of the best to ever do it, and he’s not cocky with it,” Beal added of Wade. “He does it in a humble way, and he’s still able to do what he does at this age, and it’s amazing. Everything he’s been through, people talk about him, but he’s still here. He’s still competing with the best of us, and I have nothing but respect for him, his game, his legacy that he left.”

The Wizards will have to wait to get another crack at Miami when the Heat visit Capital One Arena on March 23.

LeBron James looks back at the 2011 NBA Finals as the turning point in his career, with the Miami Heat coming up short against the Dallas Mavericks in six games despite being the heavy favorites.

“I thought it would be easy because I was teaming with some real players,” said James during Friday’s “The Shop” on HBO. “You go down there, we lose that Finals, I felt like the world had caved in. First of all, I was wearing a hat that I wasn’t accustomed to, and I bought into it because, at that point in time in my life, I was still caring about what other people thought. But that moment shaped me for who I am today.

“I’m not happy that I lost, but I left that Finals like, ‘Yo ‘Bron, what the f— was you on, man. You were overthinking everything, you didn’t show up, you didn’t do what you were supposed to do, and now you can’t even sleep at night because you didn’t give it all that you had.'”

It was evident in his numbers and on-court demeanor that James was his own worst enemy in that series. He spent the summer hyping up the number of championships the new-look Heat could potentially win, and when the opportunity presented itself to capture the title, James froze on the big stage.

He averaged 17.8 points on 15 shots and converted 32.1 percent from 3-point range while adding 7.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and four turnovers in 43.6 minutes. James was ripped to shreds by the media for not being aggressive, constantly deferring to his All-Star teammates, and putting up paltry offensive numbers when he was capable of so much more.

“After that Finals, I was just like, ‘That’s never happening again. I may lose again, I may not win everything, but I’ll never fail again,'” added James, who capped off his rant by saying overcoming that defeat was his “greatest achievement” after being asked if it was his greatest failure.

James and Miami bounced back by winning the next two championships. He then returned home to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014, hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy once again in 2016.