Dwyane Wade still does not regret leaving the Heat to sign with the Bulls

 

Dwyane Wade (3), shown with Jimmy Butler, says he would make the same decision he made last summer when he signed with Chicago despite the recent controversy.(AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Dwyane Wade (3), shown with Jimmy Butler, says he would make the same decision he made last summer when he signed with Chicago despite the recent controversy.(AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

CHICAGO – While the bickering Bulls met and made up today after two-days of finger pointing, Dwyane Wade was doubling down on his decision to leave Miami.

“I wouldn’t change my decision at all this summer to come here,” he said. “Since I’ve come here, I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve been happy.”

This comes after Wade and Jimmy Butler blistered their teammates Wednesday, questioning their desire, professionalism and on-court decisions. That prompted Rajon Rondo to defend the players Wade and Butler skewered, laying the blame on the two leaders. “If anything is questionable, it’s leadership,” he said.

The result was the organization, from the top down, being shredded in the Chicago media today, with headlines in the Chicago papers that read: “Dis-function” and “A clown show.” And all three players being fined by the organization for airing the team’s dirty laundry in public. Although none were suspended, Wade and Butler are not starting tonight against the Heat.

[Heat center Hassan Whiteside on not playing tonight vs. Bulls: ‘I want to get out here, I’m a competitor]

[Heat sign Okaro White to second 10-day contract]

The players all attempted to make peace today with Wade saying he has no problems with Rondo speaking his mind. “He spoke his mind. I spoke my mind. Move on,” Wade said. “Everyone gets opportunities to express themselves. That’s how (Rondo) chose to express himself. I have no hard feelings.”

Then the inevitable: Wade was asked today if he regrets leaving Miami after 13 seasons and joining the Bulls. He signed a two-year, $47 million contract with a player option for next season in July.

“Every step you take in life is a part of your story,” he said. “I’ve had years in Miami where it’s been debacles, whether it’s in the locker room or on the basketball floor.

“I’ve said it from Day One: I’m excited to be here. I’m excited to play here. Do I want more out of my team? Of course. I’d be a fool not to. Even the best teams in the league want more out of their team. But from a standpoint of us losing ballgames, this coverage right now, I’ve had this in Miami. I’ve had this before.”

The Bulls are 23-24 and hold the eighth seed in the East by a game over the Bucks.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, whose team is 16-30 after winning five in a row, was asked today what he thought about the soap opera going on in Chicago.

“I have no thoughts about that,” he said, before adding, “welcome to the NBA. That’s around every team. What I see is a team that’s in the eight spot right now. They have a very talented team. They have two players generating over 60 percent of their offense, one of them we know very well. That’s guy’s a killer.

“They have 19 all-star appearances on that team. They have something we would love to be in right now, that’s that eight spot.”

[Want more Heat news sent directly to your Facebook feed? Make sure to like our Heat Facebook page]

 

Reader Comments 0

0 comments