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Wade admits he wore Bulls jersey, considered Chicago over Miami

Aug 23, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

For a lot of people, it never seemed like Dwyane Wade would leave the Miami Heat two summers ago. Sure, he was a free agent coveted by teams — and he met with the Chicago Bulls — but was more about recruiting LeBron James and Chris Bosh to join him in South Beach rather than bolting.

But he admits there was a time when his hometown of Chicago got heavy consideration.

Wade was on Chicago Tribune Live on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and said it was not an easy decision for him at all.

“It was very tough, it was one of the hardest decision I had to make in my life,” Wade explained.

“I’m a Chicago guy and I grew up idolizing the Chicago Bulls, idolizing Michael Jordan and wanted to wear that jersey. So the day I went for the Chicago visit and they gave me the No. 3 jersey, I mean, that day messed me up. I went back home and I had the jersey on and, I mean, I turned into a kid again.”

But the adult in him saw Bosh coming to Miami not long after that, and a few days later LeBron’s decision, and Wade knew where his best opportunity to win a ring was.

But think about a Derrick Rose and Wade backcourt in Chicago… that would have been fun to watch. They would have worked out the challenges as Wade and LeBron did, and… sorry Bulls fans. It’s hard to live in a world of “what if.”

  1. deiong - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    wonder if i keep saying im michael jordan enough times people will beleive that also? everyone knows they had that deal locked down way before the previous season eneded. everyone was talking about it way before the season ended that all three would do exactly what they did… the only ones who had doubts where the ones who got fulled the most.. cavs management.

    • gmen4life33 - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      yea totally agree, no problem with what they did (except for LBJ “decision”) but dont act like it just came together.

      The 3 of them even talked about it in 08′ during the Olympics, and their agents had them do the same contract so they would be FAs at the same time. They could have gotten an extra year and more $, but they chose not to so they could team up. Melo’s agent made him take the extra year, and thats why he wasnt a FA at the same time (and why he is no longer his agent lol).

      It was a done deal long before FA. Miami basically throwing away 2 years clearing cap space, and D Wade being ok with it? Yea, he didnt know LBJ and Bosh were coming…

      • cantonbound13 - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:40 PM

        100% accurate.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        Oh no how awful adults take control of their own destiny within their chosen profession! It’s just unthinkable that something like that could happen. I mean what if they decide to open a restaurant after their career is done? I mean after all it would take years of planning, probably involve lawyers and agents. They may even have to clear out some lot space in order to build this restaurant in Miami. Wade hears he can get the best chef in the world for less than market value because he is a friend.

        Are we going to hear about collusion then too?

  2. hookem6903 - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    I don’t buy it. He and his cohorts knew from the day the season ended they would all end up in Miami as planned.

    • money2long - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:20 PM

      even if that’s the case, that in no way interferes with the notion that seeing his name/number on the back of the jersey of a team he idolized as a kid nearly detoured their master plan of teaming up in miami.

      on a smaller scale, college recruits who make verbal commitments early may end up changing their mind because they find out their isn’t an ihop around that campus.

    • cantonbound13 - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      The final year in Cleveland LeBron requests a jersey number change with the league from 23 to 6 knowing he has to submit that a year before. Funny how the #23 was retired by the Miami Heat & not available. Also interesting how he came to this decision after going out to dinner with Pat Riley. Also interesting is how a playoff team with Diva Wade decides to dump payroll & create cap room. There was also an interesting slip by Riley in an interview at the start of the season where they dumped salary telling season ticket holders to have patience because they will build a dynasty.
      If you don’t realize that this was all preplanned then you are just plain dumb.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:59 PM

        How awful to try to acquire the best player in the world!

        Quick someone call the waaaaaaaaaaaaaambulance

      • blueintown - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:05 PM

        He only “has” to request a new number if he is to remain with the same team.

      • truthhurtstoo - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:49 AM

        such a weak troll… enjoy watching Wade and the Heat win loser

  3. ksyeszir - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Bogus. This is just wade trying to get some Chicago love back since everyone here just sees him as the enemy now. You had your chance dwade, drose is the king of Chicago now.

    • Deathmask - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      More like the king of the rehab clinic.

      • berto55 - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:58 PM

        That’s what you don’t get… it doesn’t matter. Nobody blames DRose for getting hurt. For the same reason we worship guys like Rodman, Nocioni, Pippen, Pierzynski, McMahon. Maybe they’re not great but at least you know you got all these guys got……..this blue collar town and all we want is to see you show up with a lunch pail…..we’ll love you forever. Also why there is hate hear towards Miami. We know you got a great team, we would love Wade or LBJ tremendously if they came here but they didn’t….so we hate. These guys are Chicago guys in our minds, they play D, they play hard the whole game.

      • berto55 - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:59 PM

        I’ll save you the trouble as I reread my post, what horrible grammar/spelling….like a three year old, I know.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:51 PM

        Classy comment about a classy town. Derrick Rose is one of the most exciting and dominating guards I’ve seen in 3 decades of watching basketball. The NBA needs guys who can play at another level. Good luck to him and the great city of Chicago, non withstanding those Cubs.

        Note: don’t worry about spelling or grammar unless you suspect the spelling cops or grammar police are onto you. So far, so good.

  4. logic216 - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM


  5. dls612 - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    The plan was to play together no doubt, it would not have worked with Chicago with rose being there( money wise). And there was no way they were letting go rose! And all three of them knew it! On the other hand Miami had more flexibility after trading Beasley. Thanks Chicago it makes up for the 2008 draft or was it 2009! Well you get the point! Thanks!

  6. kinggw - Aug 23, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Who cares? Im not a consipiracy theorist like others who have replied to this thread, I just wonder what is the point of bringing this up at all? When your with someone or some team, they dont want to hear about who you considered being with before you guys got together. You definitely don’t want to hear about it if you are the jilted party that wasn’t selected.

    In the future, Wade should keep his mouth shut with regards to this topic. Its only going to annoy Heat fans and its not going to make Bulls fans feel better about him so he should just leave it alone.

  7. dadawg77 - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Actually i thought the Bulls plan was to bring in Lebron and Wade with Rose and Noah. At the end they considered trading Noah to bring in Bosh.

  8. imthedudedude - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Who cares? I was thinkin of havin Cheerios this morning, I chose frosted mini wheats…

    • cosanostra71 - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      good choice.

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:58 PM

        That’s what I love about these blogs: unexpected, comedic genius! Excellent.

  9. cantonbound13 - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    He’s so full of it. The 3 had this planned years before free agency.

  10. lakerluver - Aug 23, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    The Bulls MUST get Rose some help. I like Noah but the rest of the roster just isn’t that good. At least not championship level good. I’m not even a Bulls fan but I hope there is a way they can get another star, or two, to play alongside Rose. Maybe James Harden? That would be a good start.

    • itsthemelman82 - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      Would love to see that happen but the Bulls have no cap space. Also, his terrible finals should’ve cost him that max deal he’d be looking for but, GM’s ALWAYS overpay so it won’t. Hell, they couldn’t even find a way to pick up OJ Mayo so Harden is nothing more than a dream.

      As for D. Wade, you had a chance to go home and STILL win championships but, he chose to bring LBJ & Bosh to fake ass Hollywood aka South Beach. Like my fellow Bulls we see through it, they clearly had this worked before the off season. Enjoy them fake fans, in that fake city… Miami may even win another but, I got my money on D. Rose bringing titles to chitown

      • jimmymarlinsfan - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:13 AM

        Sad man…

  11. florida727 - Aug 24, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Didn’t this happen, like, two YEARS ago? This isn’t “news”. This is an egomaniacal athlete wanting to get his name in the media… again. Wade used to be one of my favorite players. I’m really beginning to dislike him. It’s like if his name isn’t in the media every week, he comes up with something to make it happen. Again, this is NOT newsworthy.

  12. heat256 - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Does any one not know he is in Chicago promoting his book. Of COURSE he is gonna say that!! It’s smart politics, nothing more. Yet everyone gets their panties in a twist. It’s possible CHI tempted him, but not enough to really make him abandon his plans to have James and Bosh join him in MIA since they had the space for all three and one of them would have been left out if he went to CHI.

  13. thestudiokida - Aug 24, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Chicago could have afforded Wade & LeBron which would have made a sick team. The reason it didn’t happen is that Chicago refuses to pay the luxury tax and therefore could not afford to keep Deng or extend Rose & Noah. So it would be a sick team for maybe a year or two until they let everybody go.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 25, 2012 at 8:56 PM

      On an icy cold winter day, when it’s 75 and sunny in Miami, Lebron is glad he didn’t choose the Bulls. Still, a team with DWade, Lebron, and DRose would have been extremely competitive, and possibly gotten past the Celtics for a crack at those Lakers and the Thunder and an NBA title.

  14. diamondmo33 - Aug 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Wade is so f.o.s.

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