My morning began as it typically does. I scoured my usual string of websites for NBA information, whether it is highlights, rumors, etc. One particular headline jumped out at me: “Wade Questions Loyalty of Bulls Organization.”
Obviously taken aback, I read the article and was purely stunned by Wade’s seemingly out-of-leftfield remarks. He said he disapproves of the fact that Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, the two most famous Chicago Bulls players, have no current role in the Bulls organization.
In summation, what Wade managed to accomplish was an indirect rationalization of how this “disloyalty” will be a major detriment to the Bulls should they plan to court him to play in Chicago in the coming weeks.
What Wade also managed to accomplish is a commentary on just how much he himself may really lack in character.
Allow me to digress for a moment and provide you with a list of names: John Paxson, Pete Myers, Kendall Gill, Lindsey Hunter, B.J. Armstrong, Norm Van Lier, Johnny "Red" Kerr, Bill Cartwright, Jerry Sloan, Stacey King.
These all happen to be former Bulls players who went on to work in different capacities in the Bulls organization after their playing careers.
For all I know, I probably left some names out. But Wade seems to think that Jordan and Pippen are the only two names that matter.
What Wade fails to understand is that Michael Jordan was and remains the most polarizing figure in the NBA. He is an alpha dog in the truest sense of the term. His aspirations of being an NBA owner had little to zero chance of ever being fulfilled in the city of Chicago. But even as he toils away on the golf courses of the Charlotte area, he still had time to come into the Bulls locker room the night they clinched so he can congratulate the Bulls on making the playoffs.
As for Scottie Pippen, well, I guess Wade couldn’t recall when the Bulls signed an on-his-last-leg Pippen to a lucrative mid-level deal so that Pippen could close out his career where he was meant to, in Chicago.
Oh by the way Dwyane, Pippen also contributes Bulls-related articles to NBA.com on occasion, while sometimes attending Bulls games.
Now back to you Mr. Wade. Allow me to provide you with one last name that just might soil your argument: Pat Riley.
Remember him, Dwyane?
He’s your current team President. Or, shall we say, current team vulture, waiting to make his next kill on unsuspecting prey. I guess Wade’s definition of loyalty fails to include Pat Riley forcing out Stan Van Gundy as coach because Riley saw a championship team brewing and wanted the credit. I guess Wade’s definition of loyalty fails to include Riley openly stating that he might coach again next season, especially after seeing how free agency plays out.
There might be one snag with the plan, Pat. Erik Spoelstra is still the Heat’s Active Coach!
How much loyalty to his organization do you think Spoelstra felt when he read that article, Pat? Tell me how Miami is so loyal now, Dwyane?
It is clear what you are doing here Dwyane. You have decided the grace period of another disappointing Heat season has finally worn off and you want to begin your courtship of the LeBron’s and Boshes of the world.
You have read all the articles speculating about Chicago and New York and even New Jersey, but very little about Miami. And that upsets you big-time. So you decided that you are going to begin a not-so-thinly-veiled smear campaign against the competition.
What’s next, Dwyane? Are you going to say how LeBron would be smart to not play in New York because Isiah Thomas once worked there? Are you going to say that because Donnie Walsh is the GM and not Willis Reed that the Knicks are inherently disloyal?
Shame on you, Dwyane. You know you are better than that. You want to express your loyalty, Dwyane? Go ahead and resign with the Heat, right now, regardless of how they might do in free agency. Request Rony Seikaly to be the new GM when Riley has Spoelstra liquidated and becomes coach. Have Ike Austin be his assistant.
Just do anything to keep you from making more uncalled-for comments about other organizations.