Dwyane Wade spent the first 13 years of his career with the Miami Heat where he achieved must personal and team success. However, he now finds himself in another team’s uniform for the first time of his career as a member of the Chicago Bulls ahead of his first return to Miami on Thursday night. In light of that, Wade has an interesting response when asked what kind of response he wants when he comes back.
“If you’re not in this business, it’s hard to understand,” Wade said Monday, three nights before his first game against the Heat since his departure. “But I don’t even want them to understand — I want them to appreciate what we accomplished together. I want them to cheer for their team that they have, support those players over there that’s giving their all. Support the future of the organization and be thankful that we all was able to experience an unbelievable ride together. That’s all you can do.”
In all likelihood Wade will receive a warm reception given all that he’s done for the organization helping lead them to their first three championships as one of the centerpieces. He is also the all-time leader in points and assists. He also has 12 All-Star Game selections, eight All-NBA team nods, and three All-Defense team selections.
There may be a small smattering of boos in the arena toward him, but it will hard pressed to believe that they will override the cheers. The Heat fans know it wasn’t his choice to leave as his hand was forced by the poor negogiations from Pat Riley. All in all, Wade will have a reception that he deserves.