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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Dwyane Wade

Bobby Portis reportedly called out Dwyane Wade during time on Bulls

Bobby Portis

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

Stephen Curry

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.