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Bobby Portis reportedly called out Dwyane Wade during time on Bulls

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Dwyane Wade’s homecoming to Chicago never worked out the way he and the Bulls envisioned.

After 13 seasons with the Miami Heat, Wade signed with his hometown team on a 2-year deal. He was excited about playing for Chicago, and they were thrilled to get a perennial All-Star. But Wade’s tenure with the team was brief and did not go well.

Wade was said to be at odds with many of his younger teammates, with the young guys upset over Wade’s practice habits. Now we’re learning that one of those players was Bobby Portis.

The New York Post’s Marc Berman wrote a feature on Portis, who has joined the Knicks in free agency. In the article, Berman says that the Bulls had a meeting after a loss in which Wade said the team didn’t play hard enough. Berman says Portis challenged Wade in response, saying that Wade wasn’t practicing hard enough.

That fills in a big blank.

Back in January 2017, Wade and Jimmy Butler called out their young teammates after a loss to the Hawks. They had a meeting after that and Taj Gibson revealed young players wanted Wade to practice harder. Rajon Rondo even seemed to call Wade and/or Jimmy Butler out on Instagram. Now we know Portis was one of the young players who challenged Wade on the point.

It was actually that friction that led to Wade’s buyout before the next season. A report later that summer said the Bulls’ younger players hated Wade.

Of course, on the other side, Portis did hospitalize Nikola Mirotic from their practice fight, so he hasn’t exactly been a model teammate either.

Dwyane Wade stumps for Jeff Green after latest contract

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Jeff Green found a new team this week when he agreed to a one-year deal with the Utah Jazz.

The former No. 5 overall pick in the 2007 draft will be playing on a one-year contract for the minimum for the third year in a row, and that bothers Dwyane Wade.

Wade, who played with Green for a season on the 2017-2018 Cleveland Cavaliers, tweeted Tuesday night that he could not understand the lack of a market for Green.

Green will be 33 when the season starts and is not that good of a 3-point shooter (33.3 percent for his career), contrary to what Wade believes. Green is older, not that valuable, and teams would rather have guys who have more upside. That is the reason he keeps having one-year deals for the minimum. But the fact that he keeps getting these deals proves the other points Wade brought up, and that is that Green is still good enough where you want him if you need to fill a roster spot.

Maybe this is the sort of commentary we can expect from Wade now that he’s retired.

Dwyane Wade joked about unretiring to play with Jimmy Butler on Heat

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Jimmy Butler got his wish and was traded to the Miami Heat, which makes a Twitter exchange he had with Dwyane Wade over the weekend that much more interesting.

Wade was answering some questions on Twitter from fans on Friday night and was asked whether he would come out of retirement to team with LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers. He said he wouldn’t but joked that the situation he would come out of retirement for would be to team with Butler on the Heat.

He said that on Friday night, mind you. By Sunday night, the Heat had acquired Butler in a sign-and-trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. Oh, and let’s remind you that Butler was all about that possibility, sending a flirtatious response to Wade.

Wade was probably messing around, but Butler coming to the Heat is clearly a move that will reinvigorate the fanbase.

Wade retired after last season, his 17th in the league. He is 37 and averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game last season with the Heat.

Dwyane Wade shoots down rumor of teaming with LeBron James on Lakers

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Bronny James and Zaire Wade are already teaming up together at Sierra Canyon for high school. Might their fathers team up once again for a Los Angeles basketball team too? Dwyane Wade says no.

Wade spent some time responding to fan tweets on Friday night. One fan told him he should come out of retirement to team with LeBron James on the Lakers next season. Wade shot down that rumor but suggested he would consider a return to the Miami Heat if they landed Jimmy Butler.

Butler has long reportedly had interest in joining the Heat. Miami even was very close to acquiring him in a trade with Minnesota last year before the Timberwolves seemingly backed out.

The Heat are capped out and can’t sign him, but like Houston, they would have interest in adding him in a sign-and-trade if such a move were possible. Such an addition seems like it might give Wade reason to reconsider retirement.

However, after an entire retirement tour that included gifts, honors and recognition at each stop, it might be hard for Wade to return to basketball once again. He proved last season he could still play in the right situation — like for the Heat — but being a bench guy on a LeBron team doesn’t seem to be best for him.

Dwyane Wade on supporting son Zion at Pride parade: It’s my job

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Dwyane Wade has received both positive and negative attention for supporting his son attending a Pride parade in Miami in April and says that he is just doing his job as a father.

Wade has four children — two with ex-wife Siohvaughn (Zaire and Zion), a son with Aja Metoyer (Xavier), and a daughter with wife Gabrielle Union (Kaavia). He also raises his sister’s son (Dahveon Morris).

In April, Union and Zaire attended a Pride parade in Miami to support Zion. Dwyane did not attend but shared photos and positive messages about it on his Instagram Story.

Wade was in Cannes, France for an advertising event and was asked by Variety about supporting his son.

“I don’t really talk about it much because it’s Zion’s story to tell,” Wade said to Variety. “I think as a family, we should support each other. That’s our job. And my job as a father is to facilitate their lives and to support them and be behind them in whatever they want to do.”

Wade, 37, retired after last season. He played 17 seasons in the NBA, winning three championships, a Finals MVP award, and making 13 All-Star Games.

Report: Zaire Wade, Bronny James to team up at Sierra Canyon

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First LeBron James and Dwyane Wade teamed up to win championships on the Miami Heat, and now their sons will be teaming up.

News was reported by the LA Times on Wednesday that James’ sons, Bronny and Bryce, would be switching schools from Crossroads in Santa Monica to Sierra Canyon in Chatsworth. That apparently was only half the story. The other half was reported by LA Daily News high school reporter Tarek Fattal, who says Zaire Wade will be joining the school too.

Bronny James will be a freshman in the fall, while Zaire Wade will be a senior.

Zaire was a junior at American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida this year.

Sierra Canyon already won the CIF championship in California’s highest high school athletic division this year and was ranked No. 1 in the country by Maxpreps. The squad featured Duke signee Cassius Stanley and the sons of Scottie Pippen and Kenyon Martin. The team’s legacy of having the sons of famous basketball players will continue on with Bronny and Zaire.

Even though he will only be a freshman, expectations are high for Bronny, who has been described by an NBA All-Star as a “special” player.

Steph Curry appreciated shoutouts from LeBron, Wade

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Stephen Curry rebounded from one of the worst first halves of his career Friday night to lead the Golden State Warriors back to the Western Conference Finals, and it’s fair to say his peers weren’t surprised in the least.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade both paid tribute to Curry after he scored 33 points, all in the second half, in his team’s 118-113 win.

Curry was grateful for the support from both players.

It wasn’t just the first half that gave Curry issues on Friday. He’s been shaky for large portions of the series. As James and Wade noted, however, he’s a champion, and he stepped up when his team needed him most.

Report: ESPN, TNT making pitches to Dwyane Wade for analyst role

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Dwyane Wade may have put the finishing touches on his Hall of Fame playing career this year, but the 13-time All-Star will have plenty of opportunities to remain involved with the NBA if he chooses to go that route.

More specifically, Wade is a wanted man among television networks. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that both ESPN and TNT are preparing pitches for the former Miami Heat star and want him to begin serving as a studio analyst as early as this postseason. Wade has done some limited worked with ESPN/ABC during the playoffs in the past, but it is not yet clear if he wants to pursue a full-time role now that he is retired.

Marchand adds that ESPN is considering the possibility of overhauling its “NBA Countdown” show or just making some minor tweaks, and Wade could be a fit there. The TNT “Inside the NBA” crew seems more set with Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Williams sitting alongside host Ernie Johnson, but Barkley is 56 and has said in the past that he wants to call it quits when he’s 60. Now could be a good time to start incorporating Wade if he’s interested.

It should be noted that Paul Piece has been a member of ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” crew this season, and he recently had a very public debate with Wade over who had a better career. Assuming there is no bad blood between the two, that rivalry could make for a fun dynamic on the show.

Miami Heat fans start anti-Paul Pierce chant, boo Derek Jeter

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Miami Heat fans got to spend Tuesday night celebrating Dwyane Wade, and at the same time they showed their loyalty with a funny chant.

Late in Wade’s final home game with the Heat, the fans at American Airlines Arena started a “Paul Pierce sucks” chant.

The chant was in response to Pierce’s recent claim that he had a better career than Wade. Many found that claim to be laughable, and Heat fans were particularly angered by it.

That’s not all. They also booed when a video of Derek Jeter sending a message to Wade was shown, according to Ethan J. Skolnick.

Fans in Miami are upset with Jeter over the terrible way the Marlins have been run since he took over.

Ticket prices surge for Dwyane Wade’s final home game with Miami Heat

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Dwyane Wade is playing his final home game with the Miami Heat on Tuesday night before retiring from the NBA after the season, and the price to watch him in person is surging.

According to ticket service TickPick, the average ticket price to watch Wade’s farewell home game is $716. Their most expensive ticket remaining is going for $1,451.

Wade is the best and most beloved player in Miami Heat history. He was drafted by the franchise in 2003, made the All-Star team in his second year (his first of 13 selections), won three championships and a scoring title for the team. He spent two seasons with other teams (the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers) before returning to the Heat last season.

This entire season has been a farewell tour for Wade, who has received tributes and love at many of his road games. He’s set to receive a pregame ceremony on Tuesday, though the game will not be televised nationally on TNT for this reason.