That's just not Wade's style.
"I'm not a narcissist like that," Wade told ESPN's Jorge Sedano in a sit-down interview. "I don't think I need it. I'm not calling Kobe a narcissist. He earned it and needed that. But I can't set out and say I want a farewell tour like Kobe Bryant. That's not who I am. ... When the time comes (to retire), I'll announce it in my own D-Wade fashion the way that I do. Hopefully I can move on and live on the memories from that point on."
Bryant declared his intention to retire in a poem he wrote for The Players' Tribune entitled "Dear Basketball," which was released just over a month into the 2015-16 regular season. This set off a chain reaction across the league, with opposing teams airing video tributes and holding on-court ceremonies to honor "The Black Mamba."
"... I'm taking it year by year. I'm going into the summer seeing how I feel, especially from this point on and then we'll see," Wade added. "But I'm here forever. This is Wade County forever. I will always be here. No matter where I go in the world I will be here. Until I get done playing the game of basketball, I'll have on a Miami Heat jersey and I will enjoy this ride as long as it lasts."