One may say that Dwyane Wade is the player he is now mainly in part because of the Chicago Bulls, although he still has to officially wear the team’s uniform in the coming 2017 NBA season.
He’s played for 13 years with the Miami Heat, winning 3 NBA championships in the process, and while experience remains the best teacher, it was his dreams at a young age that molded his standards for greatness. That foundation was gloriously laid as he watched the Chicago Bulls win the championship in 1991.
“I remember looking at the TV — we had this little-bitty TV, about as big as iPhones now — and saying: ‘That’s what I want to do. That’s what I want to be. I want to be a champion. And that’s who I want to do it with,'” Wade said, as reported by the Chicago Tribune.
“So my dream of becoming an NBA player started here in my hometown.”
Speaking before the press during his introduction as a Bull, Dwyane Wade quashes rumors that he left the Miami Heat due to contractual issues, or a rift with Pat Riley.
When you think about it, the logic of the NBA star makes sense. He’s now an accomplished athlete. He wants it to be about himself from now on, and it’s now time to relive his childhood dreams, where it all started.
At 35 years of age, he knows he still has what it takes to win. He had a solid performance last year, and he looks forward to do more and bring experience along with Rajon Rondo to aid Jimmy Butler’s leadership.
“This is Jimmy’s team. It won’t be a tug and pull whose team it is.” Wade told ESPN.
It may have been for solely selfish reasons that Dwane Wade made a decision to leave the Heat, but it seems clear that he’s landed in Chicago with one thing in mind. It’s for everyone benefit, and it only involves winning.
So far, Dwyane Wade’s actions have not gone unnoticed, as ESPN reports Jimmy Butler’s response.
“I think that we’re going to play extremely well together. The three alphas as people would call it. I think the direction that we’re moving. We’re already talking, trying to get to know each other off the floor.”
“We play against each other all the time, but now that we’re on the same team, we have to get better on the floor. I’m excited for it. I can’t wait ‘til training camp gets here. I hope I’m on the opposite team sometimes just at them.”
For now, positive words spoken point toward teamwork and unselfish plays.
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