Dwyane Wade on his NBA legacy: ‘You can’t talk about basketball without mentioning me’

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NBA legend Dwyane Wade spoke candidly about his place in NBA history in a recent interview.

Wade, the former Miami Heat great and current Utah Jazz co-owner, told Complex in a story published Friday that his basketball resume speaks for itself when it comes to the greatest players to put on as a only shooting guard in league history.

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player Dwayne Wade walks the paddock before the first race of the Crypto.com Grand Prix of Miami on May 8, 2022 at Miami International Speedway in Miami Gardens, Florida.”/>

Former NBA player Dwayne Wade walks the paddock before the first race of the Crypto.com Grand Prix of Miami on May 8, 2022 at Miami International Speedway in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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“I don’t know, man. And I don’t care personally. I posted my resume and let it speak for itself. I can’t add anything more to my basketball resume,” Wade said. Complex.

“I like to see it like this: when it comes to the greats or the GOAT conversation, our minds are triggered to see just one ‘one’ at those positions. We see a Michael Jordan, and that is our GOAT because that’s the era we grew up in – but then you have Kobe Bryant in the same position who could very well be a full-fledged GOAT but he’s behind Michael Jordan in a lot of eyes – so you have the next guy, and the next guy, etc. That’s a long list of guys to talk about.

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Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat hugs former Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers at FTX Arena on May 04, 2022 in Miami, Florida.

Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat hugs former Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers at FTX Arena on May 04, 2022 in Miami, Florida.
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“If I ever really cared about the praises of the man, to make me look good or make me feel good about my career, it would never have been what it was. The story speaks for itself. I I’m in history. You can’t mention basketball without mentioning me, you can’t talk about being a champion without mentioning me. I did my part and let my resume speak for itself.

Wade played most of his career with the Heat and had brief stints with the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers before ending his career in South Beach. He helped Miami win its first championship before LeBron James and Chris Bosh were brought into the fold, in which he would win two more.

He finished his career in the top 40 in total points scored (23,165) and points per game (22.0). His 48% shooting percentage is better than when Kobe Bryant (44%) called it a career.

Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Orlando Magic at American Airlines Arena on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida.

Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Orlando Magic at American Airlines Arena on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida.
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When he last spoke off the court, he was a 13-time All-Star, eight-time All-NBA First Teamer and three-time All-Defensive First Teamer.

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