Dwyane Wade On Potential Of A Kobe Bryant-Style Farewell Tour: “I’m Not A Narcissist Like That”

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After a hiatus of a season and a half, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat are back together.

For how long, the 36-year-old is unsure.

“When the time comes, I don’t even wanna talk about it yet because it’s not here yet,” Wade told ESPN’s Jorge Sedano in an interview that aired earlier this week. “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.”

Wade spent the first 13 seasons of his career in Miami, winning three championships, two with LeBron James at his side.

But in the 2016 offseason, his relationship with president Pat Riley deteriorated to the point that he was willing to sign with the Chicago Bulls, a form of basketball hell, to get away. But one buyout, one contract signed with LeBron’s Cleveland Cavaliers, and one trade later, Wade is back in Miami at age 36.

And he’s subtly throwing shade at one of the few shooting guards above him in the all-time rankings, Kobe Bryant, whether intentionally or not.

Sedano asked Wade if he’d want a farewell tour like the one Kobe Bryant experienced during his final season, and the 36-year-old had to catch himself after kinda, sorta implying egotism on the Los Angeles Lakers legend‘s part.

“I don’t want one of those,” he said. “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.”

That’s fine, but are we even sure NBA teams would care enough to give him one?