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Bulls GM Forman to Wade: We are a very loyal organization

May 28, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for Wade_Playoffs.jpgIn a recent interview, Dwyane Wade shot down the idea of returning to his home town to play for the Bulls, questioning the loyalty of the organization that did not keep Michael Jordan or Scottie Pippen around. Even though those two chose to distance themselves from the Bulls. Whatever.

Bulls General Manager Gus Forman stepped up to bat for the Bulls in an interview with ESPNChicago.

“Anyone who would question our loyalty is obviously misinformed,” Forman told “I think it absolutely ignores our record, which speaks for itself.

“We have a number of ex-players that are — and have been — employed within our organization within a variety of capacities, ranging from the front office to the coaching staff, in our business office, as part of our broadcasting teams. We take great pride in not only how we treat our current players, but also in how we treat our former players.”

The list of former Bulls involved with the team is pretty long and starts high up the ladder with Vice President John Paxson, who is putting that Notre Dame education to use. As ESPNChicago points out, other players who have had front office jobs include Bill Cartwright, Randy Brown, Bill Wennington, Stacey King, Pete Myers and B.J. Armstrong.

Frankly, that reality doesn’t really matter here — if Wade believes the Bulls are not loyal as an organization then that is the perception that matters. It means Wade is not coming to play in Chicago (which isn’t really a shock, he was going to stay in Miami anyway). The only question is if Wade’s perception taints the well for other free agents.

  1. jswang - May 28, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Yeah, they have all the one’s that didn’t matter in the organization. No Michael and no Scottie = Fail!

  2. Jared - May 28, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    You’re right… Michael Jordon has done an excellent job at building a team in the past.

  3. Jared - May 28, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Two names…
    Kwame Brown and Adam Morrison

  4. Rhys Brian - May 28, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Wade just wants to discourage other free agents from signing with Chicago since he has no intentions of playing there. He is definitely the last person who should be using the word “loyalty.” Mr. cheat on my wife with a Hollywood actress or bailing on a charity organization to keep children in school. He will definitely hear the noise when he plays against Chicago next season.

  5. MEL - May 29, 2010 at 12:46 AM

    wow, kurt helin seems to have taken wade’s beliefs a little to heart. Shooting it down like there is no possible way what he’s saying has mertit? Truthfully, it makes sense that people playing in the league are more clued in to some behind the scenes goings-on than the avg. fan, or sportscolumnist. If wade feels like the bulls would be disloyal over the longterm, maybe he actually spoke to people or knows people who the organization have treated that way.

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