Dwyane Wade believes he has now officially ended his time at the Miami Heat, after his late-game heroics in his Chicago Bulls debut last night.
With less than 27 seconds to go and the Bulls up by 2, Wade made a step-back three over Avery Bradley to seal the game for Chicago and put the Bulls at 1-0 to start the season.
Following the game, he went on to tell the Vertical: “I closed the Miami chapter right there” when his dagger in the final minute gave the Bulls an opening night victory.
Speaking about the shot further, Wade explained it was emotional for him on his return home, saying: “A lot of emotions hit me when I made that shot. I’m not here because I’m angry at the Heat. There’s no anger. I’m happy because I got the freedom to look elsewhere. I got to look home.”
Wade also admitted that he must now take his mind away from the Heat, adding: “I want those guys in Miami to be successful, but I’m motivated by greatness here. I can’t focus over there anymore. I had to make a decision and I feel good about the decision I made.”
Overall, Wade was extremely impressive in his first outing for his boyhood team, putting up 22 points, six rebounds and five assists in just 32 minutes of play.
This is something that will need to continue if the Bulls are keen on making the playoffs this season, after huge player turnover in the summer left them with the tough task of creating a new team identity.
Jimmy Butler is now the Bull’s leader, however, the team cannot rely on him solely and will need constant contributions from future Hall of Famer, Wade, throughout the year if they are to be successful, something he gave a glimpse of once again last night.