When future Hall-of-Famer Dwyane Wade signed a two-year deal worth $47.5 million this past July with his hometown Chicago Bulls, it sent the fans in the windy city a bunch of excitement and expectation for the first time post-Derrick Rose. Yes, the team still had perennial all-star Jimmy Butler, but adding someone with a resume like Wade, who was also born and raised in Chicago, provides a different kind of face, a guy who has not just been an icon on the court but as well as an outspoken activist off of it.
It’s official – Dwyane Wade signs contract with the Chicago Bullshttps://t.co/3DEz9ZDr06
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) July 16, 2016
Then the on-the-court transition would take place for a guy who spent his first 13 years in Miami, and it hasn’t worked out well. If the season ended today, the Bulls would not make the playoffs, Wade is averaging his lowest points-per-game since his rookie year, and at the trade deadline, the team gave up frontcourt players Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott to the Oklahoma City Thunder for point guard Cameron Payne. This move simply masked the front office mistakes of signing Rajon Rondo and trading for Michael Carter-Williams.
ok so we can all agree the Bulls are bad right? https://t.co/h0HATu0Iz5
— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) March 13, 2017
Finally, after a 100-80 loss Sunday to the Boston Celtics, the team’s fifth loss in a row, Wade expressed his displeasure with the team’s front office. At the same time, Wade defended coach Fred Hoiberg, who has taken a lot of heat from the media.
The following is from K.C Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
“People have a lot of things they can say about Fred [Hoiberg] as a coach,” he said, “I will defend him on this: This is a tough situation he’s put in now.”
Wade also said, per Johnson: “My job is to play. I have to be better on the basketball floor. Like I said, just running pick-and-rolls all game, that ain’t it. Wade continued, “Talking isn’t the thing. Calling somebody out ain’t the thing. We’re here, man. It’s unfortunate. We have to find a way to win games.”
Johnson said Wade wasn’t lashing out or yelling, but it was obvious he was frustrated with general manager Gar Forman and executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson:
This is why Wade said this without rancor: “I wish upper management could be answering these questions. Because I’m tired of answering them”
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) March 12, 2017
Wade and Butler had called out the team in January for not playing with passion. With the Miami Heat being one of the hottest teams in the NBA and currently one game back of the eight-seed, it is interesting to wonder if Wade regrets his decision. While the reunion with his hometown has maybe been best for his family and the city, it certainty isn’t working on the court.