Feb 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) reacts after making a three point basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half of an NBA game at the American Airlines Arena.  Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dwyane Wade is often mentioned in the same breath as Kobe Bryant for his longevity and overall excellence at the 2-guard position. But Wade has no desire to imitate one notable aspect of Bryant’s career.

In an interview with ESPN’s Jorge Sedano that aired this week, the Miami Heat guard said that he does not want a big farewell tour when he retires.

“I don’t want one of those,” said Wade. “I talked to Kobe about that. He was like, ‘It was exhausting. As flattering as it was, it was very exhausting as well.’ I’m not a narcissist like that — I’m not calling Kobe a narcissist, he earned that and he needed that — But I can’t say I want a farewell tour like Kobe Bryant. That’s not who I am."

“When the time comes, I don’t even wanna talk about it yet because it’s not here yet,” the three-time champion added. “But when the time comes, I’ll announce it in my own D-Wade fashion the way that I do, and hopefully I can move on from it and live on the memories from that point on.”

Retirement may not be too far off for the 36-year-old Wade, who returned to the Heat at this year’s trade deadline and has already stated that he will not be leaving Miami again. But he is definitely not the first aging former superstar who has made clear that the Bryant exit route is not for him.

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

New format leads to competitive NBA All-Star Game

Big crash takes Danica Patrick out of Daytona 500

NFL teams wondering if Marcus Peters will be traded

Adam Silver floats seeding playoff teams regardless of conference

Paul George wants his next team to be his last team

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mayweather Sr. indicates Floyd Jr. is training for UFC

10 takeaways from the first week of the Winter Olympics

Detroit GM 'at top of list' to run potential Seattle franchise

Evan Longoria feels ‘sorry’ for Rays fans after latest moves

‘No indication’ Royals are trying to re-sign Mike Moustakas

Mets GM on Tebow: 'I think he will play in the major leagues'

Sports & Politics Intersect: NBA united against racial divide

10 NFL offseason moves that need to happen

Champions League Round of 16 preview, predictions

The 'Emerald City on ice' quiz

NHL Weekender: Blackhawks, Rangers continue to free fall

Big surprises, disappointments heading into NBA All-Star break

Signing A.J. McCarron would be a typical Browns move

Dario Saric thriving in shadows of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons

MLB's top 10 starting pitchers for 2018

MLB's top 10 catchers for 2018

Flyers reverse course behind a balanced attack

The greatest barrier-breaking African-American moments in MLB history

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: NBA united against racial divide

The 'Emerald City on ice' quiz

NHL Weekender: Blackhawks, Rangers continue to free fall

The 'Hope springs eternal' quiz

Dario Saric thriving in shadows of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons

MLB's top 10 starting pitchers for 2018

MLB's top 10 catchers for 2018

The 'My Bronny valentine' quiz

Flyers reverse course behind a balanced attack

The '100-point game that you never heard about' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker