Wade happy to set sail into retirement with 'Banana Boat crew' watching on
Dwyane Wade says he can retire a happy man and expressed his gratitude to the rest of the 'Banana Boat crew' for being courtside at the Miami Heat legend's swansong on Wednesday.
The three-time NBA champion ended his illustrious career with a triple double of 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 113-94 defeat to the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.
LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony were there to witness Wade's last hurrah.
Wade felt it was a fitting that his close friends were reunited for his last NBA appearance.
"Obviously, it means a lot [to have them here]," Wade said. "They know that I will always be there for them, especially in a moment like this.
"No matter what I'm doing, I will be there for their last game. It was cool to see those guys over there. I'm glad they came, but at the same time I wish they weren't here because the whole time they kept telling me to shoot, shoot, shoot.
"But it was great. We've got a brotherhood. Those are my brothers."
Wade added: "For me I'm happy with this season. Unfortunately for the organisation, our team, we weren't in position to make the playoffs, but I'm happy to say I completed it.
"I almost messed it up when I fell on the scorer's table. But it's been great. I'm thankful for it and I can retire and be happy about my career, my body of work and everything I've been able to accomplish."