Dwyane Wade, posing nude in ESPN magazine, says he has ‘some good years left’
By Barry Jackson
In an essay accompanying his photo in ESPN’s
annual Body Issue, Dwyane Wade, 34, said he
felt like he was 28 last season and believes he
has “some good years left.”
Wade told the magazine that from 2012 through
2014, during the Big Three era, “those years
were so hard for me. I felt like my body was
betraying me -- out of nowhere, there was so
much pain in my knee. Anytime I made a move,
and I mean like a step or a walk, any move was
painful. I remember just thinking at one point,
‘What have I done to deserve this?’ This is
something that's very important to my sport,
my career and my future. And it got to a point
where I was thinking, ‘Man, do I want to continue
to feel all this pain?’
“I felt like my body was betraying me. It was
every game, it was every day, literally. During
drills in practice one day, I thought, ‘Nobody in
this gym knows how much pain I'm in right now.’
It hurt to run, stop, plant, and it's killing me. But I
didn't let people know. I didn't use no excuse.
I just tried to do my therapy to fight through it.”
But after working with a new trainer and
changing the focus of his training last off
season, Wade missed only seven games due
to injury, down from 20 the previous season.
“I'd say I probably felt like I was 28 this season,”
he said. “There were times when I did certain
things and was like, ‘Man! That was like young
me!’ And then there were other times when I
played my old-school game and played at my
He said he “never envisioned that I would be
playing this long. I think I always told myself
that my body would tell me, 'Hey, I gave you
enough, it's time.' So whenever my body tells me that, I'll listen to it and then I'll make that decision. But nah, I'm not there yet. I've got
some good years left.”
He said appearing in ESPN’s Body Issue “is bigger than looking at an athlete's body. It's more about the story we are telling of
overcoming my fear of doing this. I had a fear of being naked in front of others and a fear of being judged. When I was young, my belly
button was an outie, and I never even wanted to take my shirt off when we were at the swimming pool or outside during water fights.
The only people who went into the pool with their shirts on were the kids who were overweight — and me. I knew that I was different….
I was just never comfortable until about four years ago, when I started feeling comfortable with my body overall.”
Wade will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 but has said he wants to re-sign with the Heat.
The body issue will be available on line on July 6 and in newsstands July 8. Besides Wade, 18 other athletes are photographed in the
issue, include former UM and NFL star Vince Wilfork, former Olympic diver Greg Louganis, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller,
Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown.
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