Dwyane Wade has said this before. Multiple times.
And yet the recently retired shooting guard is making headlines again for repeating that he and LeBron James both seriously considered joining the Bulls in 2010.
Wade spoke with Darius Miles and Quentin Richardson of The Knuckleheads Podcast on Wednesday and said that the pair's decision came down to Miami and Chicago.
"Chicago was on the top of both our lists," he said. "Miami was on the top. We looked at New York."
Wade, of course, didn't join the Bulls. He, James and Chris Bosh - who Wade admitted the Bulls probably didn't have room for and was one of the deciding factors in free agency - teamed up in Miami and won two championships in 2012 and 2013.
Wade eventually returned home in 2016, though he was a shell of himself in 60 games, averaging 18.3 points on 43 percent shooting and 31 percent from beyond the arc. The rebuilding Bulls, who had just traded Jimmy Butler, opted to buy out Wade prior to the 2017-18 season.
During the preseason of Wade's lone year in Chicago, he spoke in length about this exact same topic, telling reporters "(Chicago) is a place I wanted to play. It was a place LeBron also loved. We loved the city of Chicago. It's a great market as well. Obviously, the sunny sun of Miami is great, too. We had two great choices. It pretty much boiled down to what we felt we could build."
Read Vinnie Goodwill's entire story from the first time Wade brought up this topic here.
Former NBA journeyman Ryan Hollins made waves on Tuesday, stating that Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan couldn’t “fill LeBron’s shoes”. Hollins argues that LeBron James cemented himself as the greatest player of all-time with his impact on multiple franchises and his knocking off of the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Hollins doubled down on his argument, saying that the Golden State Warriors would “run laps around that Bulls team”. Shaquille O’Neal brings up the valuable point that whichever team has the upper hand would depend a lot on what rules they played on, the more physical 1990s rules or the more finesses-based and offensive-oriented current rule set. Hollins believes that the Warriors would defeat the 90s Bulls regardless of what rules they played under, and O’Neal simply could not believe it.
“Whoever’s paying him to say all this stuff, I will pay you double to stop it,” said a bewildered Shaq. He knows a thing or two about playing against the 90s Bulls, as he was a key member of the Orlando Magic team that knocked off MJ’s Bulls in six games in the 1994-95 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
With All-NBA level talent Anthony Davis now headed to LeBron’s team, we could be seeing James back in the NBA title picture sooner than later. A return to the NBA Finals stage would add even more layers to the already complex, never-ending back-and-forth over who the true GOAT is in NBA history.