Having spent the first 13 years of his NBA career in South Beach, the 35-year-old Marquette product admitted via a recorded podcast of The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, that even he still makes mistakes while looking at the schedule.
“There’s times where in my mind, if I look at the schedule and if I see the Heat is playing someone, say, Heat versus Denver,’ I’m like, ‘Dang, we got Denver?’ It’s in my mind. I mean, 13 years,” he said. “And it’s not even just me, it’s people around me. ‘Hey, man, you coming to the city?’ I’m like, ‘Uh, no, that’s probably the HEAT. The Bulls are somewhere else.'”
Wade still reflects on the time he spent with the franchise, and even went as far as saying that his former team “is always going to be my organization.”
“I look back at those 13 years and I just smile. It’s hard to reflect while you’re in it. But now that I’m out of those 13 years with the organization, I look back. I think people think that I want the Heat to do bad or people probably think that, ‘Oh, he still follows the Heat?’ Yes, I follow the Heat. I watch all their games.
“I’m checking up on them because at the end of the day, it’s always going to be a part of me. Their organization is always going to be my organization in some form and some way because of what I was able to accomplish there and where my career stands. I want nothing but success for them.”
During his first visit at American Airlines Arena wearing a different jersey earlier this season, Wade received a warm reception from the Miami faithful. Wade was also given a tribute video to thank him for his valuable time on and off the hardwood.
Given the Bulls’ struggles and Wade owning a player option after this season, it may seem like a long shot, but a reunion between them still remains a possibility.