It appears as though Dwyane Wade might be having a difficult time adjusting to life as a Cleveland Cavalier.
On Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks, Wade suited up for the first time as a member of his new team. But, his night started off in a comical and slightly embarrassing way.
He almost missed his cue during the announcement of the starting lineup. When his introduction was given, he didn't think the announcer was describing him, but rather one of his teammates.
"I heard ‘starting at forward, from Marquette’ so immediately I was like, Jae Crowder," Wade told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. "That’s why I came out like three seconds late. So I didn’t even hear it. I’ve never been starting at forward. So I wasn’t even paying attention."
Crowder, who attended Marquette University just like Wade, helped him out.
"I heard No. 9," Crowder said. "I’m not No. 9. He forgot what number he was, I guess. But yeah, he just heard ‘Marquette,’ and he thought it was me. But it wasn’t me. It was him. I told him, ‘Go! It’s you.’”
Both Marquette men impressed during their limited minutes on the court. Crowder went 3-for-4 shooting for eight points with a rebound and Wade had seven points on 3-of-7 shooting with two boards, four assists and a steal. Both players logged only 15 minutes in the exhibition contest.
Despite the minor mixup before the tip, Wade seemed to enjoy his first game as a member of the club.
"I've never been starting at forward, so I wasn't even paying attention," Wade told reporters after the game. "All in all, just the ovation from the Wine & Gold game, to yesterday the first preseason game, it was great. I'm still getting used to it. I'm sure the people in Cleveland, the basketball world is getting used to it, but it definitely, my teammates and everyone have definitely made me feel comfortable and at home here.”
"This team right here from top to bottom is one of the most talented teams I've been on. Just happy to come and to be able to add whatever I can to this group,” Wade said at his official introduction last week.
With LeBron James slated to return for the next preseason game, Wade might be sent to the bench. But, if he starts, it will be fun to watch if he remembers when his name is called for the second time.