Half-Time Orange For Thought; Homecoming, Dwyane Wade To The Chicago Bulls

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Dissected with the attention to detail of a legendary Masterchef 2nd season casting outcast , your good mate Uncle Bob serves up his weekly Half-Time Orange For Thought; a mental morsel for the sports fanatic with a healthy appetite for wholesome consumables. We at GSV have reluctantly declared ourselves accountable for any digestion difficulties that may or may not occur. Enjoy!

One of the greatest players of his generation, a fixture on South Beach for the past decade and future Hall-Of-Famer, Dwyane Wade would think he was deserving of a lot more respek from the Miami Heat, the organisation he helped lead to their only 3 NBA titles to date. I personally would say that Dwayne Wade is the Heat, without DWade and his sacrifices, on and off the court; there are no 3 rings and 5 conference titles, in the 13 years he has dedicated to the organisation, the iconic Number 3 helped elevate the Miami Heat from NBA also-rans into a global brand with millions of international supporters. It is no secret that Wade continually took pay cuts & left money on the table during negotiations for the team to have the best possible opportunity to get the pieces he needed to win, at 34, the All-Star guard was looking to be rewarded with the deal of his career, much like Kobe was at the Lakers; Miami showed a lack of loyalty by not fighting tooth and nail to give Wade what he felt he needed, from what is most likely to be his last professional contract, in a league where the salary cap is increasing incrementally.

The suitors were rumoured to be plentiful, and justly so, any team that could afford to even think of signing DWade had to have picked up the phone to hear what his agent had to say; the man seems to have mastered the veterans’ trick of getting lighter with age, prolonging ones career at the elite level, despite some knee issues. I personally licked my lips when the prospect of Milwaukee came up, Dwayne spent his college career at Marquette University in Wisconsin, the idea of an All-Star leading the young “Team Length” with Jason Kidd at the helm had me on the brink of social media stalking Wade’s accounts for any hints regarding his future destination. Reality set in when the rumours begun to flood in of an agreement with a relatively desperate Bulls, who needed to appease their support base after trading away former MVP Derrick Rose & allowing Joachim Noah to join him in New York. Dwyane has the leadership abilities to step into the void created by the loss of DRose, while allowing Jimmy Butler to grow into a more impactful player without having to shoulder the burden of leading the team on his own.

The Chicago Bulls had said to be in a rebuilding phase after trading Derrick Rose and allowing Joachim Noah to return home as a free agent to join the former MVP in New York; the legendary outfit seems to have opted for a very slow rebuild by getting Rajon Rondo & Derrick Rose as free agents to join the Jimmy Butler led team. There was bound to be tons of expectation placed on the shoulders of Jimmy Butler after a breakout season in 2015/16, yet the reconstructed Bulls will still be looked at as an outside shot for the playoffs in a conference that is known be less competitive than the West. Dwyane Wade brings leadership and a veteran presence to a young Bulls roster that lost two of its leaders, and seems to be placed in a position to develop the younger talents in the team to build a foundation to compete in the coming seasons.

Dwyane Wade

Bio

Full Name: Dwyane Tyroane Wade Jr.

DoB: January 17th, 1982 (34)

PoB: South Side, Chicago; Illinois

Height: 1. 93m

Position/s: Shooting Guard

High School: Harold L. Richards, Oak Lawn; Illinois

College: Marquette University (Golden Eagles), Milwaukee; Wisconsin (2000-2003)

NBA Draft: 2003, 1st Round, 5th Pick | Miami Heat

Honours (Professional Career)

NBA Champion (3): 2006, 2012 & 2013

NBA Finals MVP: 2006

NBA All-Star (12): 2005-2016

NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2010

NBA Scoring Champion: 2009

NBA Skills Challenge Champion: 2006 & 2007

Miami Heat All-Time Leading Scorer: 20, 221 Points

2008 Olympic Games: Gold Medal

2004 Olympic Games: Bronze Medal

2006 FIBA Basketball World Cup: Bronze Medal

Ball Don’t Lie

Regular Season Games Played Minutes Per Game Points Per Game Assists Per Game Rebounds Per Game

Off | Def

Blocks Per Game Steals Per Game
2003-04 61 34.9 1602 4.5 1.4 | 2.7 0.6 1.4
2004-05 77 38.6 24.1 6.8 1.4 | 3.7 1.1 1.6
2005-06 75 38.6 27.2 6.7 1.4 | 4.3 0.8 1.9
2006-07 51 37.9 27.4 7.5 1.0 | 3.7 1.2 2.1
2007-08 51 38.3 24.6 6.9 0.9 | 3.3 0.7 1.7
2008-09 79 38.6 30.2 7.5 1.1 | 3.9 1.3 2.2
2009-10 77 36.3 26.6 6.5 1.4 | 3.5 1.1 1.8
2010-11 76 37.1 25.5 4.6 1.6 | 4.8 1.1 1.5
2011-12 49 33.2 22.1 4.6 1.5 | 3.3 1.3 1.7
2012-13 69 34.7 21.2 5.1 1.2 | 3.7 0.8 1.9
2013-14 54 32.9 19.0 4.7 1.1 | 3.4 0.5 1.5
2014-15 62 31.8 21.5 4.8 0.9 | 2.6 0.3 1.2
2015-16 74 30.5 19.0 4.6 1.1 | 3.0 0.6 1.1
Career 855 35.7 23.7 5.8 1.3 | 3.6 0.9 1.7

 

Post Season Games Played Minutes Per Game Points Per Game Assists Per Game Rebounds Per Game

Off | Def

Blocks Per Game Steals Per Game
2012-13 22 35.5 15.9 4.8 1.7 | 2.9 1.0 1.7
2013-14 20 34.4 17.8 3.9 0.8 | 3.1 0.3 1.5
2015-16 14 33.8 21.4 4.3 0.9 | 4.8 0.9 0.8
Tally 56 34.6 18.4 4.3 1.1 | 3.6 0.7 1.3

 

Much has been writ regarding the negotiations between Wade and the Heat upper management as pertaining to the renewal of the players contract; Pat Riley and Dwyane Wade may need to steer clear of each other for a little while as the dust settles on an acrimonious split that threatened to tarnish a great legacy in Miami. DWade will be remembered as the most successful player to lead the Heat, his jersey will be retired, a statute will be rercted of him outside the arena and Wade County will always be Wade County to many; the manner of the departure will only spur both parties to aspire for more out of their chosen paths, which will only bode well for the Miami Heat & the Chicago Bulls.

By @MCPeTjeIII

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