Posts Tagged ‘Possible Retirement’

Now that he’s back with the Miami HeatDwyane Wade says there will be no other stops in his NBA career.

“This is it for me, guys. I’m going to stay here until I decide to hang it up,” Wade told NBA TV’s Grant Hill on Friday night. “This is home, and I’m so happy to be back.”

After a season-and-a-half detour through the city of his birth with the Chicago Bulls, and 46 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wade was traded back to the Heat on Thursday for a future second-round pick. He received a thunderous ovation upon his return to American Airlines Arena on Friday, scoring three points in a Miami win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Wade is as synonymous with the Heat as any player in franchise history, and judging by he and his wife Gabrielle Union’s happiness at the return, it’s clear they never wanted to leave South Florida.

Wade is currently on a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum of $2.3 million. The 36-year-old has slowed over the last few seasons, but can still be productive offensively. An impasse with team president Pat Riley over a new deal drove Wade away from the Heat in 2016.

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Edge spoke with Chuck Carroll of CBS Local Sports on Paige’s neck injury that ended her WWE in-ring career, which WWE Star is the best actor, and his bucket list. Here are some of the highlights:

Paige’s injury and comparing it to the neck injury that ended his WWE career:

“You know, I don’t know. It is tough, because if that is the case, and she does have to retire… I haven’t heard anything past the initial speculation… it is such a different case, because when I retired, I was 37. I had accomplished everything and then some I set out to do within that industry, so there wasn’t anything else besides wanting to help some younger talent and teach them. That was what the next mode of my career was going to be. So it is a different scenario.

I guess all I can say, if that is the case, is she did a lot. She got a lot accomplished. She won the women’s championship, and she stood out. You just try and focus on the positives instead of drawing on the negatives. That’s really all you can do in that kind of situation. But I don’t know if there’s a magic elixir or the perfect sentence you can say to make that easier to swallow.”

If John Cena or The Rock is a better actor:

“I guess it depends on what you’re going for. I’ll politically say it as that. How about Batista?”

What’s left on his bucket list:

“I keep exploring what I’m doing now. The pod is fun, and I get to connect to my childhood best friend every week, no matter where I am. We get to catch up with some friends who we don’t get to see all the time. Basically just bust each other’s chops. I really want to explore different characters and see what the next character is. I mean, who knows what’s next? But I would like [it] to be as challenging as this one has been. I don’t want to take a step back. I just want to keep going forward and just see what there is out there and just try to keep honing my craft and my chops. More importantly than all of that is just trying to be the template that you want your little girls to see of what a man is. So between all of those, that should keep me pretty busy.”

You can check out the full interview by clicking here.

Coming off a Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in which he caught 9 of 15 targets for 116 yards and two touchdowns, Rob Gronkowski may be weighing a career change.

The oft-injured Patriots tight end is reportedly considering retirement from football in order to pursue an acting career, a source told Bill Burt of the Eagle Tribune. He suffered a concussion in the AFC Championship Game, though returned in time for the Super Bowl, and apparently told friends that his injuries have taken a toll.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Sylvester Stallone have told Gronkowski he could make millions as an action star, reports Burt, which is apparently another draw because of his contract.

The four-time first-team All-Pro is due a base salary of $8 million in 2018 and $9 million in 2019 – the final years remaining on his six-year, $54-million extension.

He’ll be 30 when that contract is set to expire.

Michael Bisping has yet another suitor for his long-discussed retirement fight.

Former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida respectfully called the Brit out after edging Eryk Anders at UFC Fight Night 125 this past Saturday, and the 38-year-old said he was open to taking Machida up on the challenge during the latest edition of his “Believe You Me” podcast.

Bisping had first been attached to a swansong opposite Vitor Belfort and then Rashad Evans on the UFC’s March trip to London, but recently shot downrumors of an appearance on the bill. When discussing Machida as a potential dance partner for his final bout, the former middleweight champ claimed the parallels between the Brazilian and Evans made him an ideal candidate, but didn’t put a date on his last walk to the Octagon.

“The Machida fight is something as well that could potentially serve as a last fight,” Bisping said. “(It’s) certainly very similar to Rashad in many ways: he’s a former champion, had a long career and getting to the final stages of his career. He’s somebody that I haven’t fought and that I have a lot of respect for.

“He’s had a great career, so it ticks all the boxes from that standpoint, and that’s about it. As of right now, I’ve got to speak to the UFC and figure out what’s going on for myself. I’m not considering opponents or who they are. I’ve got to speak with Dana and the UFC guys and figure out what’s next and what’s happening in life.”

Despite the 18-month USADA-sanctioned ban tarnishing Machida’s track record, Bisping – a staunch opponent of PED use – was quick to heap praise upon his fellow champion, who snapped a three-fight skid with the split decision he earned over the previously unbeaten Anders.

“He just said we were supposed to fight a couple of times over the years, it hadn’t happened, and that, basically, he had a lot of respect for me, and I’ve got a lot of respect for Machida, I really do. As I said on Saturday, he’s one of the true last martial arts specialists and a real martial artist that competes in the Octagon, so I have respect for him. Of course, there was the whole steroid issue, so I don’t want to rehash Saturday’s show, but of course, there’s always going to be an asterisk over him.

“God bless Machida. Thanks for the call-out, we will see what the future holds.”

Now 40 years old, it seems Tom Brady can’t go anywhere without someone asking him about his eventual retirement.

That includes Super Bowl week in Minnesota, where the New England Patriots pivot was asked the question yet again despite leading the NFL in passing yards this season.

“Why does everyone want me to retire so bad? I don’t get it, I’m having fun,” Brady joked during his press availability on Wednesday. “I know I’m a little bit older than most of the other guys, but I’m really enjoying it.”

The entire AFC would probably be very happy if Brady opted to retire, as the path to the Super Bowl for that conference has involved the Patriots and the legendary quarterback for a record seven straight seasons.

Unfortunately for those teams, Brady has continuously said he hopes to play into his mid-40s, which means he could stand in their way for another few seasons.

Michael Bisping may have one last fight left in him, despite his family thinking otherwise.

Speaking on his “Believe You Me” podcast on Tuesday, the 38-year-old middleweight said he’s been mulling whether to accept an offer to fight at UFC London in March, and that a final decision will be coming soon, according to Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting.

“There’s a fight in the works for myself, and I’ve got until the end of the day to tell the UFC whether or not I’m taking it,” Bisping said. “There’s an offer that’s been made to me, and all fairness to the UFC, I’ve been kind of taking my time to give them an answer so I’ve got until the end of the day to give them an answer.”

Bisping added that his hesitancy is largely due to resistance from his family and friends.

“I have a bad eye and my wife doesn’t want me to continue fighting, and my manager doesn’t want me to continue fighting,” he said. “I see out of that eye but not as well as I used to, and I’m still a young man so it’s kind of the reason I may hang the gloves up. My wife and manager and friends and people close to me say, ‘Mike, what do you want to do that for? You’ve done it. You’ve had the belt.'”

Even if Bisping does fight in England, he has said it definitely won’t be a rematch with Vitor Belfort due to longstanding personal animosity.

“This is my – if I fight in London – it’s my last-ever fight … I don’t want it to be some bitter rivalry with a guy that has caused me lasting disfigurement and that I’m emotionally charged up against,” Bisping said recently on his podcast, according to Meshew.

They’re not ready to retire yet folks.

At age 37 and in the last year of their contracts, it looks like Henrik and Daniel Sedin are poised for another NHL season.

“It sounds like Henrik and Daniel Sedin want to be back for one more season at this point,” Chris Johnston reported during the Headlines intermission segment on Hockey Night in Canada.

“While there hasn’t been discussions yet, with the Canucks, about an extension, the belief is they each want to be back for an 18th NHL season.”

The Sedins have had the most successful Canucks careers ever. The only players in franchise history to score more than a thousand points, they should become the first career-Canucks to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame one day.

Despite the fact that the Sedins have finally been replaced on the first line this year, they’ve had very productive seasons. Henrik is on pace for 57 points, while Daniel is on pace for 54. Those totals would mark the second highest for Henrik and the third highest for Daniel since the Canucks were winning Presidents’ Trophies.

The twins weren’t given much ice time early in the season, with Travis Green deferring to Bo Horvat and Brandon Sutter’s lines. But since December 1, Henrik leads the Canucks in points, while Daniel is third.

The Sedins are in the last season of matching four-year contracts that each pay them $7 million per season. They likely won’t get that much on their next contract, though Joe Thornton (who is a year older than the twins) was able to get $8 million on a one-year contract from the San Jose Sharks this past offseason. Patrick Marleau (who is the same age as Thornton) received a three-year, $6.25 million AAV contract from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The twins don’t strike me as players that will try to take the team to the cleaners though, as they’ve already stated that they won’t play for anyone else.

“We’re going to take this year and appreciate everything about it, and never look too far ahead,” Daniel said in the Players’ Tribune at the start of the season. “Who knows, we might have a few more years left in us.”

It appears they’ll have at least one.