Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo are very serious early in training camp in turning the Chicago Bulls to a playoff contender. The two veterans, who were free agency acquisitions by the Bulls in the 2016 offseason, both showed leadership skills and showed their championship pedigree to their new teammates.
Both Wade and Rondo were vocal in the early part of the training camp in Chicago, according to CSN Chicago. There were NBA rumors that the Bulls had chemistry issues last year, mainly with point guard Derrick Rose, who was traded to the New York Knicks this summer.
“You ask the guys that were here last year, how rotten it was. You want to hear from their perspective, whatever it was last year from the standpoint of losing. You don’t do that. I come from a different place and a different culture. Things are done differently different places. So I sat down and listened to guys,” Wade said in an interview.
“But the thing is, some of the things they talked about I know are not going to take place. Not while I’m here, not while (Rajon) Rondo’s here, not while Jimmy (Butler) continues to grow as a leader.”
Rondo agrees with Wade that the team must look up to their leaders if the Bulls wants to be successful in the new season.
“You just want to cut down all the chatter. It’s early. Only a couple guys should be talking in practice, as far as disrupting it. When they do stop the practice, the coach has the voice, the assistant coaches have a voice, then the older players,” Rondo added in the same article.
There are NBA rumors this early that if the Wade and Rondo acquisition do not help the Bulls next season, the team could go to full rebuilding mode and trade All-Star Jimmy Butler. Teams mentioned are the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves.
But with Wade and Rondo around and their championship experience, the Bulls are expected to battle for a playoff spot in the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
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