Dwyane Wade, who is in what could be the last four games of his career, as the Miami Heat's playoff status continues to change, says he will seek professional help in dealing with life after basketball.
In an interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols that aired Friday on The Jump, Wade said she overcame a skeptical attitude and accepted the idea of talking to a doctor.
"I'll be in therapy, really," Wade said. "I meant it, it's going to be a big change." I said to my wife, I said, "I need to do therapy and we need to do a little bit."
"I've always been against someone who does not know how to tell me how to live my life or who gives me instructions, but I need someone to talk to about it, because it's a big change, although I have a long life to live." , other great things that I can achieve and do, is not this. So it will be different. "
The powerful NBA couple sat down with Rachel Nichols to talk about Wade's transition to her post-game career, her impact on the next generation … and trips to the vet.
With Miami in a four-team run for three playoffs, the Heat could be without Josh Richardson for two weeks due to a groin injury, the sources told ESPN.
In recent times, Wade has been motivated by a retirement tour that has seen him as the toast of the city of Boston and New York.
"It has been surreal," Wade said. "It's like you: you have this vision of, you know, how you want things to go, true, with everything in life, and when something, you know, overcomes that vision, it's like a body outside of the body.
"I could not have written this book better, this is a sales success, and I could not have written it about my life."
With the Heat battling four teams in the final three playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, Wade has averaged 17 points in the past five games and continues to play almost 30 minutes per game. Wade said he had not imagined increasing an even bigger number in his final game, like Kobe Bryant's 60, but he did not rule it out if that's what the Heat needed.
"I'm going to go out like D-Wade is supposed to come in. You know what I mean?" Wade said. "And like, I think it also helps, that we're in this playoff battle, because I'm trying to win."
Wade said he does not want the season to end, but he knows he "has to do it."
"I'm in a really good space," Wade told The Jump. "And I have not been in that space for a long time, I'm happy with how my body feels, I'm happy with the extra additions to my life, I'm excited about the unknown, how are we going to get done, you know, so I'm excited because ".
Beyond expecting a general happiness in life, Wade said he has no specific retirement goals.
"I have no idea what I want to do yet," Wade said. "But I definitely know that I want to do a little bit of everything, especially at the beginning, I want to see what I can be great in. I'm used to being great at something or trying to strive to be great at something." That's what I want to be in whatever else I choose to do. We'll see ".
He was almost certain that, in the last moments of his career in the NBA, he will not let his emotions get over him.
"I do not think I'm going to cry," Wade said. "I only cry in intimate settings."