His last All-Star complete, Wade turns focus on playoff push

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dwyane Wade is adamant that the end of this season will be the right time for him to bid farewell to the game of basketball.

The game of basketball spent the weekend disagreeing with him.

Wade’s final All-Star appearance as a player is now complete, a four-day trip that had testimonials, celebrations, moments with his family, countless photos and chats with some of basketball’s royalty, and one more lob to LeBron James for good measure. He scored seven points in his final NBA All-Star Game, helping Team LeBron get a 178-164 victory over Team Giannis.

“If you could wake up and say, ‘This is how I would like my perfect day to go, this is how I would like my perfect All-Star weekend to go,’ then this was it for me,” Wade told The Associated Press. “This was exactly what I envisioned, what I wanted when I knew I had this opportunity. And it’s been even more than I thought it could be.”

The score and the stats from the weekend will be forgotten.

The moments won’t be, at least not anytime soon. And with 26 games left in the Heat season, the NBA is not ready to say goodbye.

“He’s been one of the guys who’s been a leader in our league, an ambassador worldwide as well as a champion,” said Los Angeles Lakers President Magic Johnson, one of many who lauded Wade at a dinner to start the weekend.