Wade Sailing to the Windy City

Posted by: Mike Davis
Dwyane Wade to the Chicago Bulls 2016 Season

NBA betting enthusiasts are well aware of Dwyane Wade’s legacy, having spent 13 seasons with the same team. In the past Miami has been grateful to Wade for his contributions, even going as far to rename a county after him. Yes in a brief stint during the summer of 2010 Miami-Dade County was referred to as “Miami-Wade County”. This was South Florida’s’ way of paying homage to the player who was able to convince Chris Bosh and King James to migrate south. In doing so he was able to assemble a superstar team that made it to the NBA finals four times in a row. But all that is about to change as Dwyane Wade has announced that he is leaving the sunshine state and heading to the windy city.

Wade has announced that he will be signing with the Chicago Bulls for a two-year $47.5 million deal. That is only $7.5 million more than what the Heat were reportedly offering the superstar, but money isn’t the real issue. This has been the second year in a row that the Heat had disrespected Wade by not offering him both his value and by delaying negotiations. Wade is a household name, for thirteen seasons it’s been Miami on the front and a big three on the back. NBA betting fans would think that bringing home three NBA championships to the team that drafted you would be enough to garner some respect. Unfortunately that isn’t the case.

This offseason Miami had barely ushered a word to Wade. The reason why is no enigma, Miami had been vying hard for Kevin Durant just like every other NBA team. The big kicker is that Miami was trying to sign Durant without the help of Wade. For comparison, when the Warriors had a sit down with Durant they not only brought along the management they brought along Curry, Thompson, Green and just about every other superstar on that team. The point being that the Warriors are a team in unison, both in public and in private manners. Maybe Wade would’ve been reluctant to help Durant sign a deal that would’ve hurt Wade’s pockets; but if you can’t bring him in financially at least bring him in emotionally. The fact that Miami didn’t even consider Wade’s opinion or interest was perceived as a sign of utmost disrespect by the 34-year old veteran. This was the last straw for Wade and ultimately led to him deciding to leave; but sportsbook users are left wondering why Chicago?

The answer to that is relatively simple and can be found in a Gatorade ad that Wade did back in ’07. Back then Wade wrote a poem to recite for the commercial. He began that ode with “From Robbins, Illinois,” in recognition of his hometown. Just like King James’ love of his hometown drew him to Cleveland, Wades’ memories of home made his decision much easier. Wade could’ve picked from a variety of NBA franchises, but just like that kid in all of us, he chose to return home.
“Watching the Bulls growing up inspired me at an early age to pursue my dream of becoming a basketball player,” Wade elaborated. “My most treasured memories were watching my dad play basketball on the courts of Fermi Elementary School and developing my game at the Blue Island Recreation Center. I have never forgotten where I came from and I am thankful to have an opportunity to play for the team that first fueled my love of the game.”

The same critics that ripped apart Durant for his decision are tearing into Wade with half-baked sentiments like ‘is nothing sacred anymore?’ Wade doesn’t owe Miami anything; in fact it’s the other way around. A player who has risked his health, career, and time for an organization to be repaid by them only worrying about how to get richer is disheartening. Sure, from a pure management viewpoint the smart thing is to get rid of your aging star. Look at how the Lakers have struggled by giving Kobe the money he deserves. But in doing so the Lakers have demonstrated which values they hold dear to their organization. In the end basketball should be more than just a sport; it should be more than just a bunch of greedy executives trying to get richer. Basketball, just like any competitive sport, is about the intangibles. The spirit of competition, the ability for a group of different minded people with different interests to put aside their selfishness and become part of something more.

In the end NBA betting enthusiasts will just have to get used to seeing Wade in a Bulls’ jersey.