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Dwyane Wade is not going back to Chicago

May 27, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

nba_wade1_250.jpgEarlier we talked about the upcoming Apalachin Meeting with all the top NBA free agents conferring with each other.

But in that same Chicago Tribune article where Wade spilled the beans on the meeting, he also pretty much ruled out returning to his hometown of Chicago to elevating the Bulls to elite. It sounds as if he does not really trust ownership.

“I think the biggest question that you think about has to be loyalty,” said Wade, a Richards grad who added he has been a Bulls fan for a long time. “I know one thing about Miami: It is a very loyal organization. I see what they do with their players when their players get done with the game of basketball … how loyal they are. I don’t know about the Bulls.”

“I see Michael Jordan is not there, Scottie Pippen is not there. … You know, these guys are not a part,” Wade said. “Things like that. So that is probably one of the biggest things for me, because I am a very loyal person.”

The legendary Bulls of the 90s have not become part of the franchise in the way Lakers legends have been integrated in Los Angeles, or Celtics legends have been embraced by the Boston organization. But that was a two-way street, Jordan was happy to burn some bridges on his way out the door. 

Here’s what matters: For Wade, this is a deciding factor. When all the big free agents get together for their confab, will that attitude hurt the Bulls ability to get other free agents? It can’t help.

  1. Randall - May 27, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    He speaks of being loyal as he entertains thoughts of leaving. Can’t blame him for not liking Chicago management though.

  2. Paul - May 27, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    I respect D-Wade as a player, but he couldn’t be further from the truth on this one. He either has absolutely no knowledge about the Bulls organization and their loyalty to former players or he is blatantly recruiting for Miami. Jerry Reinsdorf is the greatest owner in Chicago sports. I wish he owned all the teams here. Ask Randy Brown if Jerry was loyal, when Randy was bankrupt and had to sell off his championship rings. Jerry gave him a job. What about John Paxson? Doesn’t he do something with the Bulls now *insert sarcasm*? Or Cartwright? Wasn’t he our coach? And the guys who announce our games? Or BJ Armstrong as Asst. GM at one point? Or Pippen, who occasionally writes for and has done pre- and post-game analysis for some time now? Jordan wanted part ownership or at least a team president title. Now he has it in his home state. Like Larry Bird does in his home state. Well, now I’m just ranting. The fact is, the Bulls are a very loyal organization and don’t deserve to be slighted like this. If you want to stay in Miami, fine. But don’t go trashing us because you want Bosh or Lebron.

  3. LJ - May 29, 2010 at 3:21 AM

    I understand D. Wade to a degree. Looking back at the Krause era, management wasn’t held in the highest regard. Let’s not forget they did destroy one of the greatest dynasties ever assembled. Should have had more than 6 rings during that span but egos spoiled everything. Mainly Krause but I vividly remember Reinsdorf supporting his every move. Think about it, why was MJ not given some type of postion. So what if he wanted the team president title! Doesn’t he deserve it?! He’s only the greatest athlete to ever touch a basketball. And Scottie I would much rather see Pip as an asst coach vs Pete Myers. Let’s be realistic we have all hated Bulls brass at one time or another

  4. Cole W - Jun 1, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    Ayy i seen dat fool playn some ball n man he got mad skills best thing to do is bring lebron into miami and get ride of beezly or who eva df that was lol. and some otha players to have enough cash flow yah digg now ima bout to go catch dem air planes xD pce

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