It was bizarre seeing Dwyane Wade take the court in a non-Heat uniform for the first time in his career last night. It didn’t have anywhere close to the desperate feel of Emmitt Smith in a Cardinals jersey, but weird nonetheless.
Regardless, his hometown return to Chicago was a triumphant one. Wade scored 22 points in Chicago’s 105-99 win against the Celtics, including hitting a step back, dagger three with less than a minute left in the 4th, with the Bulls leading 101-99. The bucket put them up 5.
Wade gave a welcome home throat slash for good measure.
D-WADE COLD BLOODED 3 pic.twitter.com/LYWwlP1boB
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) October 28, 2016
Running mate Jimmy Butler led Chicago with 26, and Rajon Rondo added 12 boards and 9 assists.
In a year where the talk has been of “super teams” being assembled in Golden State, Chicago’s roster reshuffling, and veteran additions to pair with resident star Jimmy Butler have drawn comparatively little attention.
They clearly don’t have any chance to compete for a title, but in a best case scenario, they’re potentially an interesting story in the weak Eastern Conference.
Last night was a nice debut, but it’s the first day of school, everybody has new pencils and notebooks, and is excited to be there. No injuries.
The biggest question going forward will be Wade’s health and the ever present question if Rajon Rondo can play nice with others.
If Chicago has any chance to compete in the East, Wade will have to play in something approaching the 74 games he played in last year, as opposed to the 62 and 54 games he played in the previous 2, while playing at a high level.
— NBA (@NBA) October 28, 2016