We’re just days away from watching Dwyane Wade play in Miami as a member of the Bulls.
That’s going to be strange.
Wade returns to Miami to face the Heat on Thursday (8 p.m., TNT) at AmericanAirlines Arena. It will mark the 12-time All-Star’s first game in Miami since signing with the Bulls as a free agent this past summer.
As you prepare (emotionally and mentally) for the sight of Wade in AmericanAirlines Arena as a member of a team not named the Heat, here’s how the 34-year-old has begun his Bulls career.
What’s new: The Bulls are 4-3 to start the season. And Dwyane Wade is averaging 16.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game to start his Bulls career. Maybe the most surprising number is Wade’s three-point percentage. After making 28.4 percent of this three-point shots over his 13 seasons with the Heat, Wade is shooting 43.5 percent from beyond the arc this season. The best Wade shot from three-point range before this season was 31.7 percent in the 2008-09 season. But Wade is also shooting a career-low 44.6 percent from the field this season.
What does Dwyane have to say?: “Anybody could sense that. It’s just the nature of the beast. When someone leaves an organization, they come back, they want to do well. They want to get a win, they want to play well. Whoever says they don’t is just flat-out lying. It’s no secret about that.” — Dwyane Wade after Chicago’s 117-104 loss to New York on Friday. Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose faced the Bulls, their old team, for the first time since joining the Knicks this offseason. Wade will return to Miami to face the Heat on Thursday.
Season stats: 16.9 points on 44.6 percent shooting, 4.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks per game in seven games.
Career stats: 23.6 points on 48.7 percent shooting, 4.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.9 blocks per game in 862 regular season games.