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Erik Spoelstra shares funny story about when Dwyane Wade was with Bulls

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Dwyane Wade is back for his first full season with the Miami Heat since leaving in 2016, and now head coach Erik Spoelstra is comfortable spilling some tea about the time that Wade was away.

Before the Heat played the Chicago Bulls on Friday, Spoelstra shared a funny story from when Wade played for the Bulls during the 2016-17 season. The veteran coach said that he put a $5,000 fine on any of his Heat players who fell for a Wade pump fake, per KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Wade was with the Heat for his first 13 NBA seasons before leaving, including eight of those with Spoelstra as his head coach. Thus, it’s reasonable to expect that the entire organization would be quite familiar with his bag of tricks.

Some NBA coaches have implemented similar kinds of fines in the past, but now that Wade is back with the Heat to finish his career, we can safely say that this story had a happy ending.


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