Dwyane Wade says he is ‘numb,’ didn’t sleep after signing with Bulls
Dwyane Wade wasn’t bluffing when he turned down a two-year, $40 million offer from the Miami Heat, and he is now a Chicago Bull because of it. It’s always difficult to leave the only team you have played for, especially after 13 seasons. Wade opened up about that on Thursday.
In an appearance on “Live with Kelly,” Wade thanked Heat fans for their support and did not air out any of the issues he had with the organization this offseason.
“It’s still surreal. I’m still numb,” the 34-year-old said, per Manny Navarro of The Miami Herald. “This decision I had to make last night, I mean, I’ve been in Miami for 13 years — 13 incredible years. You get a week to decide, you know, what you’re going to do. And I didn’t get [any] sleep. I lost probably five to 10 pounds just not being able to eat.”
Wade repeatedly praised Heat fans, but he also said he is excited to return to Chicago, which is where he grew up.
“I was born and raised in Chicago,” Wade said. “I had a house there until 2010 when I got married again and I had to get rid of it because it was a bachelor pad.
“I’m excited to go back to the place I’ve always envisioned playing basketball. Being a kid growing up, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls [were] the team for us. I’ve always envisioned myself — being in the backyard with a Bulls jersey on — always envisioned Dwyane Wade’s name being called in the United Center. I get an opportunity to live that dream out now.”
If you want to know how quickly the relationship between Wade and the Heat went south, just read the latest report about his dealings with Pat Riley. The team simply wasn’t willing to reward Wade for past performances after he repeatedly took hometown discounts to help win titles.