While appearing on WSCR in Chicago, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade discussed why he stayed with the Miami Heat instead of leaving for the Chicago Bulls -- and the backlash LeBron James has received from fans.
Born in Chicago, many thought the Bulls had a chance to land Wade when he became a free agent in the summer of 2010. To make matters worse, Wade gave even more hope to his home town when he met with the Bulls for a second round of meetings, something he didn’t do with any other team. Ultimately, however, Wade returned to a Heat squad he'd been with since his rookie year. When asked about the thought process behind his decision, Wade had this to say:
“Well first of all I can’t deny the team that I have in Miami. It is very hard to turn that down more than anything. You know what? It just wasn’t the time, it just wasn’t right. I look at it and say, In 2003 I was this close to coming to Chicago I was two picks away. Now in 2010, I was this close to coming back, but I mean at the time it wasn’t right. It didn’t work out. I respect Chicago and of course I respect the organization. This is an organization that I grew up loving and still have a heart for, not when we play the Bulls. But it just didn’t work out. It was real close, my heart was in it, but the team that I have got in Miami and what I built there just overcame in the end.”
While his decision to go with the Heat over his hometown Bulls didn’t sit well with fans, his teammate James’, who left the Cleveland Cavaliers, was vilified all over the sports pages. During the interview, Wade was asked whether he was surprised by the amount of criticism and backlash that James had been receiving since he made his infamous “decision.”
“Well first of all, there is a lot of misinformation out there when you come to this and it will forever be and you can’t come out and change everyone’s mindset. The combination of us three players coming together was never an option for us until Coach Riley presented it to us this summer. You never thought that you could bring three players together at all – thought maybe two just like everybody else, but not three. It was something that at the end of the day we couldn’t pass up on because it was a once in a life opportunity and there was not many opportunities and times where it could happen. With the backlash that LeBron is receiving from this, it is fine. I think he has handled this very well. I think he understands that he made a decision that was best for LeBron James and for the James’ family. At the end of the day that is what is important to him. It is unfortunate that people can come out and say the things they have said about him but if he shoots back and says anything he might get fined or it is going to be looking like the worst thing ever. think he has been doing a good job of continuing to focus on his life and his family and move on from. He just wants to play basketball and he wants to put himself in a position to win championships and he has done it.”
You can find the rest of the transcript from Wade's interview HERE.
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