Wade says decision to leave Miami remains ‘surreal’

In this image provided by ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution, TV host Kelly Ripa and NBA basketball player Dwyane Wade chat during the production of "Live Kelly" in New York, Thursday, July 7, 2016. Wade decided Wednesday night, July 6, 2016, that he will leave the Heat after 13 seasons, agreeing to terms on a two-year-$47 million contract with the Chicago Bulls.(David M. Russell/Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution via AP)

In this image provided by ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution, TV host Kelly Ripa and NBA basketball player Dwyane Wade chat during the production of “Live Kelly” in New York, Thursday, July 7, 2016. Wade decided Wednesday night, July 6, 2016, that he will leave the Heat after 13 seasons, agreeing to terms on a two-year-$47 million contract with the Chicago Bulls.(David M. Russell/Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV Distribution via AP)

MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade says his decision to leave the Miami Heat for the Chicago Bulls was still “surreal” Thursday morning, when he appeared as the guest-host of “Live with Kelly” alongside Kelly Ripa.

Wade made the appearance in New York. He accepted the invitation to guest-host Thursday’s show weeks ago.

Wade decided Wednesday night to accept a two-year contract offer from the Bulls and return to his hometown. He thanked Heat fans in his opening remarks on the show, says he hadn’t slept in days while deliberating and even lost 5 to 10 pounds because he hadn’t been able to eat.

Wade says he would consider doing some on-screen work after his playing career ends, telling The Associated Press that was one of the reasons he accepted the hosting chance.

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