In case you were wondering, Dwyane Wade is living his best life after calling it quits from the NBA nearly six months ago.
Mostly, he’s been a family man, spending time with his wife and kids, and cherishing the new-found moments he is able to experience without the hassle of a long NBA schedule.
He’s enjoying things so much, in fact, that not even a summon from LeBron James could bring him back to the basketball floor.
Here is what he told Alex Wong of Complex:
Wong: I don’t want to get you in trouble with your family, but what if LeBron comes to you at the trade deadline and says, listen, Dwyane, we need one more scoring option off the bench for this stretch run here?
Wade: Nah, nah, nah [laughs]. No way.
So there you have it, don’t expect a return. For Wade, he is happy with the way things ended and where he is at this new chapter of his life.
Wong: It’s been several months now since you retired. The new NBA season has started. Aside from keeping busy with your business ventures, what’s retirement been like so far?
Wade: When I walked away from the game of basketball, I walked away knowing I did everything that I could to be successful. I was okay with walking away. So it’s fine for me. I’ve been able to spend a lot of great time with my family and I’ve been able to be a fan of the game, as opposed to when I was playing. I would be preparing all the time to play our next opponent. That consumed my life. Having an opportunity to still be connected to the game of basketball and be able to focus on my passions, I really have no complaints, man.
Of course, for Wade, his career had more success than most. He is a 3x Champion, 13x All-Star, and 2006 Finals MVP. There is plenty to feel good about and he wouldn’t change a thing.
So don’t ask him to return, because he’s not ready to go back — not even for LeBron.