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Heat’s Dwyane Wade Mum On Retirement Decision

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The Miami Heat were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, and immediately the attention turned to the future of Dwyane Wade.

Wade, who wrapped up his 15th season in the NBA, is nearing the end of his career, and now must decide if he wants to return for a 16th season.

As of right now, though, Wade isn’t thinking about retirement.

“That’s not my focus,” Wade said of his potential retirement following the series ending loss to the Sixers (h/t ESPN).

“Fresh off this NBA season, my 15th year, I sit back and think about that. Then I dive and throw myself into my family. They’re next on my bucket list, making sure I’m there for them. And when it comes to the basketball side of it, which is a long time away from now, then I’ll think about that.”

Wade also indicated that he had no interest in discussing his future after his team was eliminated.

“I love Philly, but ain’t gonna be no breaking news here in Philly,” Wade said. “I’m sorry. I appreciate [the concern], but let me worry about that later.”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he couldn’t bring himself to think about a potential Wade retirement.

“I don’t even want to go there. You’re going to make me emotional if we start to think about that or talk about that right now,” Spoelstra said.

Wade made his return to Miami, where he spent 13 seasons of his career, after being away for 2 seasons, at the NBA trade deadline and it has been quite the storybook tale for the icon and the team.

“I’ve loved it,” Spoelstra said about Wade’s return to the Heat.

“Each day that he’s been back, I’ve just been trying to enjoy it. I didn’t think that this would happen this year. I thought this would be one of those situations on down the line that would be a ceremonial signing to have him back. When it happened so quickly, he fit right in, and that just speaks to his humility.”

Wade showed he can still bring it in the playoffs, and averaged 18 points during the series.

Wade tipped his cap to the young Sixers team.

“I think they grew up and learned some things from us and the way we pushed them,” Wade said. “You want to see good things. I mean, these guys are the future of the NBA, and the NBA is in great hands with Ben [Simmons] and Joel and those guys.”

 

 

 

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Celtics’ Brad Stevens Praises Kyrie Irving

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After a stellar performance that fueled a Boston Celtics comeback victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 3, Kyrie Irving appears to be in playoff form.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens heaped some incredible praise on Irving for his impressive performance.

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Heat’s Udonis Haslem Uncertain About Future

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The Miami Heat celebrated the career of Dwyane Wade this past season, ahead of the future Hall of Famer’s retirement at the end of the season, but another franchise legend may be out the door soon as well.

Heat forward Udonis Haslem, who has spent his entire 16-year career with the Heat, reflected on the celebration of Wade.

“Although nothing on the scale of what Dwyane has done for his one last dance, a lot of people feel like I should take the time to be celebrated at some point,” Haslem said, according to Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “Personally, as the person I am, I feel like the Haslem family as a whole deserves the opportunity to celebrate when my career does come to an end. So that has some effect on a decision that we make.”

Haslem also commented on an after party following Wade’s final game, which included all of Wade’s family.

“My stepmom wasn’t there, my father wasn’t there, my wife wasn’t there, my kids weren’t there,” Haslem said. “So that wasn’t my moment. That’s what makes it hard, either way.”

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Hornets’ Bismack Biyombo Picks Up Player Option for 2019-20 season

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Charlotte Hornets big man Bismack Biyombo has officially picked up his player option for the 2019-2020 season, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Biyombo, 26, is now set to make $17 million next season and is coming off a season where he averaged 4.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

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