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Dwyane Wades play-or-retire decision is no-lose and should leave Heat fans grateful

Dwyane Wades play-or-retire decision is no-lose and should leave Heat fans grateful
Published On: Wed, Sep 12
Mar 4, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Heat forward Joe Johnson (2) against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. The Miami Heat won 112-102. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Dwyane Wade is the most accomplished athlete in South Florida sports history, the fulcrum of three Miami Heat championships.

He is the most beloved star we have had a€” even with those late-career detours to Chicago and Cleveland a€” and only the Dolphinsa€™ Dan Marino is in his company.

Wade has given us 13 1/2 seasons of his 15-year NBA career.

Our turn now to give him all the time he needs to decide if hea€™s done.

I have seen and heard increasing blowback against Wade for his elongated delay in deciding (or at least revealing) his intentions. He will return to the Heat for what likely would be a final season, a farewell tour of sorts. Or he will retire from basketball.

While we immerse into football season, what Wade decides will shape the team and sport that have filled Biscayne Boulevard with our three most recent championship parades.

It is an enormous and emotional decision, and I dona€™t blame Wade for the weighing and the delaying.

As he said recently, a€œWhether Ia€™m playing this year or not, I will beA preparedA to play.a€

Have you seen any of the training and workout videos he posts on social media? At 36 (37 in January), he seems in excellent shape. No evidence of sloth, of coasting.

There is a Heat roster spot waiting for Wade, along with a one-year, $5.3 million contract, the luxury-tax exception. Miami has made clear it wants him back. Wade has made clear it will be Heat-or-retire a€” no golden parachute in China, no flight west to join LeBron in L.A. a€œHeat only,a€ he said recently.

I believe quite strongly Wade will return for another season.

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