Dwyane Wade Speaks on Father Time and How He’s Adjusted Over the Years

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Dwyane Wade is in the midst of his 13th year in the NBA.

Despite being 33 years of age and having suffered a number of injuries during his 13 years of service in the NBA, the Miami Heat shooting guard is still playing at a high level. Wade is currently leading the Heat in scoring, having averaged 18.4 points entering Wednesday’s game versus the Detroit Pistons.

While Wade is many years away from even coming close to playing 20 years in the NBA, that did not stop Michael Lee of Yahoo! Sports from asking the veteran if he’d consider playing two decades of professional basketball. Here is what Wade had to say on the matter:

“That ain’t a goal for me. That’s a long time. I’m sure Kobe didn’t think he’d play 20 years. It’s amazing. And he’s been through a lot. He’s been through a lot of injuries but he’s still out there. And he’s still, you know, Kobe Bryant,” Wade said. “It’s amazing to see a guy who has played 20 years in the league. Makes me feel old, for sure, just watching him. I don’t know how many people come in with the goal, ‘I’m going to play 20 years.’ I think you take it step by step. For years I said, ‘I want to make it to 10.’ I made it to 10 and I was like, ‘I’m solid.’ Then, you keep going from there. But 20? No way.”

The topic of conversation came up due to the discussion of players such as Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki. Both Bryant and Garnett are two of five players in NBA history to have played at least 20 seasons in the league. Duncan has played 19 years, while Nowitzki is not far behind with 18 seasons of service.

The most comparable to Wade of the aforementioned four is none other than Bryant. Both Bryant and Wade play the same position and are the most accomplished shooting guards of their generation. While there is little doubt in regards to Bryant’s legacy, he is struggling tremendously this season—the Los Angeles Lakers great is converting on just 33.1 percent of his shots and 19.5 percent from beyond the arc. Making matters even worse is that the Lakers are one of the bottom two teams in the league with a record of just 2-12.

It’s clear that Wade plays in an entirely different manner than he did just five or six years ago. The Heat guard acknowledged he changed his style of play once LeBron James and Chris Bosh initially joined the franchise in 2010 when Wade was at the age of 28. He states the following in the article:

“Fans and people expect you to stay the same all the time. Every athlete wants to. Every athlete wants to be that 19-, 20-, 21-year-old, but you can’t. You got to adjust to where you’re at, your body, and the pounding and beating that you’re taking and still try to be effective and a good player.”

Nobody, not even Wade himself, knows exactly how long he will play. The 33-year-old is currently healthy and has yet to miss any games this season due to injury.

Having said that, Heat Nation definitely hopes that the veteran guard remains injury-free for the rest of his career and remains productive as he enters his last few years in the NBA.
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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.