Dwyane Wade returned to his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls, this summer after 13 incredible seasons with the Miami Heat. He joins the likes of Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo, forming a “big three” to a certain extent.
Despite the big names that are on the roster, Wade told reporters that the chance of the Bulls winning a title in 2016-17 is “unrealistic.” The 12-time All-Star signed a two-year, $47.5 million deal back in July, and is fully committed to being a sidekick to Jimmy Butler.
The competitiveness in the Eastern Conference has significantly increased, and while the Cleveland Cavaliers are still the favorites to reach the Finals, there are a few teams who can challenge them in the postseason.
Chicago is not one of them.
Even with Butler, Wade, and Rondo, the Bulls as an aggregate don’t have the talent to make the Cavs quiver. A first round exit would be an improvement from last year, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
Not only is there the Cavaliers, but Boston, Toronto, and Indiana have constructed some solid teams are set to be the top dogs in the East. Because of all these factors, Flash believes it’s paramount that Chicago focuses on taking things day-by-day. Aside from Wade, Rondo, and Robin Lopez, the Bulls are a young team. The last thing the franchise needs is for all the young guys to get ahead of themselves, and Wade will be instrumental in keeping everyone level-headed and focused.
Wade’s reached the highest high with three championships, but Wade also hit rock bottom during the 2007-8 year when he and the Heat went 15-67. He’s been around the block, to say the least, and he’ll be able to help the team cope with whatever’s thrown at them.
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