Dwyane Wade has stated it does not matter to him that the Chicago Bulls are “Jimmy Butler’s team” as the opportunity to play for his hometown franchise is just a “Dream come true.”
Wade was introduced at a press conference by the Bulls on Friday, speaking officially as a Bull for the first time since his surprising decision to leave the Miami Heat after 13 seasons, and he made it clear that it does not matter to him that Butler will be the franchise’s star player.
He explained that it reminded him of a similar situation when Shaquille O’Neal joined him in Miami, and he paraphrased O’Neal’s quote from that day explaining it was Wade’s team by stating: “We’re not going to go through this all year, this is Jimmy Butler’s team.”
Rajon Rondo, who also joined the Bulls this summer, said at his introduction earlier in July that the Bulls have “three alphas on the team”, before adding it was Butler’s side. Wade concurred with his new teammate, admitting that he and Rondo will have to take more of a backseat role than they are used to at their new franchise.
Both Butler and Wade played for Marquette University during their time in college and Wade explained that he just wants to help Butler grow and help start the rebuild of his hometown side into an NBA force once again.
Wade made it clear that he is going to enjoy his time representing the franchise he grew up supporting as a youngster and is going to enjoy the opportunity.
He said: “I’m thankful to be here. Simply a dream come true. I’m a Chicago guy, a Chicago kid. I remember watching the Bulls win their first title. I was nine years old. Took a long time to get here, but I’m here."
Rondo and Wade will have time to get adjusted to their new roles while Butler is away at the Olympics with team USA, before they must all focus on getting the Bulls back to competing in the playoffs next season.