One of the biggest news during the summer's free agency was when Dwyane Wade decided to leave the Miami Heat and sign with his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls.
A lot of speculation surfaced after about his relationship with Heat President Pat Riley as many believed there was a rift between them which caused him not to get an offer close to what he got from the Bulls.
On Thursday night, the Bulls played their season opener at home against the Boston Celtics, where Wade impressed a lot of people on his debut and finished with 22 points, including 4-of-6 from three-point distance, and most importantly, helped his team seal the win. After the game, he explained that his time in South Beach is already over but wishes the people there well.
Per Shams Charania of The Vertical:
“I closed the Miami chapter right there.”
“I can’t focus over there anymore. I want those guys in Miami to be successful, but I’m motivated by greatness here. I’m motivated by doing what people think I can’t do, for sure. I had to make a decision, and I feel good about the decision I made.”
The 12-time All-Star also made it clear that he had no ill-feelings for Riley and the Heat.
“A lot of emotions hit me when I made that shot. I’m not here because I’m angry at [Pat Riley] or the Heat. There’s no anger. I’m happy because I got the freedom to look elsewhere. I got to look at home.”
Now that both parties have moved on, Wade is focused on the job at hand which is to contribute to the Bulls who are looking to make waves in the Eastern Conference this year and help bring back the winning culture to the storied franchise.