Wade back where belongs with the Miami Heat
Personally speaking, July 6, 2016, the day Dwayne Wade signed with the Chicago Bulls, was one of the worse days of my sports fan life. My favorite player and the franchise who drafted him and groomed this 3 time champion could not come to an agreement.
I was extremely disappointed in the Miami Heat for not making Wade one of those athletes that stayed with one team his whole career. If anyone deserved this, it was Wade. A guy who sacrificed money for championships. A guy who talked his good friends Lebron James and Chris Bosh into joining him on South Beach, and embarking on winning more rings for the city and the franchise. Pat Riley should have made Wade THE priority that off season.
But he wasn’t the priority, and he felt disrespected and he left.
Fast forward to the NBA trade deadline 2018, and lo and behold, he’s back. The Cleveland Cavaliers decided to make wholesale changes in their roster, sending 6 players to 4 different teams. Most notably, Isaiah Thomas, their off season “prized” acquisition gets sent to the LA Lakers, and of course Dwyane Wade comes back to Miami.
Some didn’t know it would happen so soon, or if it would even happen at all. But there’s one thing that probably wasn’t considered; that no matter how much business there is in sports, there are two things that are undeniable.
Loyalty and emotion.
Wade’s decision to leave the Heat would be based on business but had a lot of emotions mixed into it as well.
Riley and the Heat’s decision to not give him a “thank you” payment north of $20 million had some to do with loyalty (Wade’s relationship with Lebron James being at the center of it all).
Emotions and Loyalty. Two things that are often tugged at when dealing w/ sports. I believe it was these two things that once again came to the forefront when it was time for Wade to come back to Miami, and for the Heat to accept him back.
One day we’ll hear the backstory on how all of this happened. But for now, I’m happy to have Wade back where he belongs, and where he should have never left from.