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Wade clears rumors; Focused on the NBA

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Wade clears rumors; Focused on the NBA

Chicago native Dwyane Wade was a guest on Wednesday morning's Dan Patrick Show, which aired on Comcast SportsNet. The Miami Heat guard talked with the show's namesake and host about his offseason during the ongoing NBA lockout, fatherhood and a new product he's endorsing, Court Grip, which is designed to improve traction on shoes while playing basketball.

Wade also spoke to Patrick about his prospects of playing professionally overseas this season

"I don't know. I'm a father first. I have to make decisions on what's best for my kids, first of all. If it gets to that point where I have to make the hard decision, then I would think about it, but right now. I still have hopes that the NBA season will still come about. But not now, not thinking of it yet," said Wade.

"Well, it's a lot of rumors," he continued. "I didn't see a contract. I just heard rumors. The best rumor, I think it was like, to play for, I think at the time, 2 million or something like that.

"It was some rumors with a China team. That was before they came out with the ruling that if you play for a China team, you're stuck over there."

However, he emphasized that he has no concrete offers on the table.

"No, nothing that I've seen and is something that I can consider and look at, and can say, 'If this doesn't work out,' because I'm not focusing on it and my team understands what our focus is. My focus is getting back in the NBA because I have kids and I can't just uproot and move like that, so things will have to be decided and changed if I have to do that," he said. "I'm just enjoying time being a more active parent."

Wade also reflected upon his childhood in Chicago -- "Obviously I was Michael Jordan a lot of times growing up," he said about the common practice of pretending to be an NBA player when shooting hoops as a youth -- telling a humorous story about attending a Bulls game.

"I was playing with a team at the time where if you win the championship of a certain league, you get to go play at halftime of the Bulls' games. It just so happened that we went to go play before the Bulls game -- it wasn't halftime, but it was before the Bulls game -- this one and we won the championship on the court and got to stay for the game," said Wade. "The Bulls were coming in as we were sitting there and watching the dancers. So, Jordan and Phil Jackson were coming in and I run with everybody else and I try to shake Michael and Scottie Pippen's hands, and I can't get to them. So the only person I see is Phil and I shake Phil Jackson's hand and I go to the bathroom as a kid, and I say, 'Oh my God, I'm never washing this hand,' and then, I use the bathroom and I wash my hand.

"No, Phil is not really a fan of the Miami Heat," he added when asked if he's ever related the tale to the Hall of Fame coach. "I've never told him that story before."

Wade, who was neutral when asked if he was a fan of the Cubs or White Sox -- "I was a Chicago fan; I supported both."

Wade also chimed in on the NBA finals. "Today, because I've been asked questions about it," he said when asked about the last time he thought about the Heat's loss to the Mavericks. "Yeah, can't stand it," the All-Star guard added when asked about television commercials highlighting Dallas' title. "The worst thing on TV."

"I would like to say at one point, I will because I would want to learn from it, not just have an experience, but watch it and learn what went wrong," Wade continued, referencing watching tape of the series. "I probably won't watch it until the very, very end, but I will watch a lot of it."

The 2006 Finals MVP said Dirk Nowitzki, the 2011 Finals MVP was entitled to use Court Grip, the product he was hawking, although his rival wouldn't get any freebies.

"Yeah, Nowitzki is allowed to get it. He's got to go buy it," Wade quipped. "No, I wouldn't give him any more advantages than he already has because he's already a great player."

Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.com's Bulls Insider. Follow him @CSNBullsInsider on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bulls information and his take on the team, the NBA and much more.

Would Wendell Carter Jr. be picked higher if the NBA Draft was today?

Would Wendell Carter Jr. be picked higher if the NBA Draft was today?

According to Bleacher Report, Wendell Carter Jr. would be taken fourth overall by the Memphis Grizzlies if the NBA were to redraft this year’s class based off of Summer League performances.

It may sound like a crazy concept (and it is), but Carter Jr. averaged the second most points, 14.6, through five July games in Las Vegas. He also averaged 9.4 rebounds and shot 55 percent from the field while averaging 28.8 minutes in his glamorous first-stint with Chicago. Those numbers are even more striking if you consider Carter Jr.’s 42.9 percent shooting from behind the three-point line.

Carter Jr., the real seventh overall pick of this year’s NBA Draft, looked like the all-around player the Bulls were hoping to get this offseason. He made his blocking abilities as a center known from the moment he stepped on the court in Summer League.

In their re-draft, Bleacher Report had Chicago using the No. 7 pick on the New York Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson, who was actually taken 36th overall in last month’s Draft.

Robinson, a center, averaged 13 points and 24.8 minutes per game over five Summer League contests. He was the best rebounder on his team with an average of 10.2 in the five games that the Knicks played.

The 20-year-old took the second most shots on the Knicks and had the highest field goal percentage at 67 percent, but Robinson did not have any three-point attempts.  What made his recent production seem even more surprising was the fact that the 7'1'' big man did not play a single minute of college basketball.

But would Robinson fit in the Bulls’ system?

Chicago has taken on an offense-first mentality, so Robinson would not be as great of a fit in the Bulls lineup as Carter Jr., but he would still be an impact player. He can be compared to the Bulls’ current center Robin Lopez, who averaged a similar amount of points per game (11.8 points in 26.4 minutes) last season as Robinson’s Summer League average (13 points in 24.8 minutes). And like Lopez, Robinson will likely be most effective around the basket and in the pick-and-roll.

Robinson would also have to learn the defensive concepts that a veteran like Lopez has mastered over his 10-year career.

Next season, the Bulls will have an exciting scoring trio of Jabari Parker, Lauri Markkanen and Carter Jr. in the frontcourt. And the fact that Carter Jr. is getting so much love in the national spotlight is yet another reason for Bulls fans to be excited about this upcoming season.

Jabari Parker channels his inner Uncle Drew: This game is about getting buckets

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Jabari Parker channels his inner Uncle Drew: This game is about getting buckets

The Bulls gave Jabari Parker a two-year, $40 million deal for good reason.

One, the Bulls had the salary cap space to get the deal done and had just about filled out their roster. The money wasn't going to be used elsewhere. Also, the second year of the deal is a team option which gives the Bulls some security should Parker not be able to stay healthy or play up to the standards such a salary commands.

Parker was given that money for multiple reasons. One of those reasons was not for his defense.

But, according to Parker, no one gets paid for their defense.

Speaking on 670 The Score on Wednesday, Parker was asked about whether he felt he had the ability and effort to defend in the NBA, something he hasn't done particularly well in four seasons.

"I just stick to my strengths. Look at everybody in the league. They don’t pay players to play defense," Parker said. "There’s only two people historically that play defense. I’m not going to say I won’t, but to say that’s a weakness is like saying that’s everybody’s weakness. Because I’ve scored 30 and 20 on a lot of guys that say they play defense.

"If you know the game, you also know that everyone’s a pro, right? And you know that certain guys have an average. No matter what you do, they still get that average. They pay people to score the ball, and I would hope that somebody scores the ball on me if they pay them that much. So, I’m not saying that to cop out or nothing. It’s the NBA. We’re professionals. Everybody scores. It’s just about limiting them as much as you can, trying to contain them."

Parker's right in one sense, that players are usually paid for their offensive output. There are also more tangible, easily read statistics on the offensive end than there are defensively. Heck, the Bulls gave $80 million to Zach LaVine and he was the team's worst defender last season.

But then again, defense matters. A whole lot, especially at a time when offenses are better than ever (thus making defenders more valuable). The final four teams in last year's playoffs were ranked 1st, 6th, 9th and LeBron James (29th) in defensive efficiency.

A day after Parker's comments the Celtics gave Marcus Smart a four-year, $52 million contract. He's a career 37 percent shooter and has made 29 percenet of his 3-pointers in four seasons.

So while Parker, a below-average defender, might not be entirely accurate, at least he's owning who he is. And if he scores like he did in Year 3, averaging 20 points before re-tearing his ACL, no one will care how he defends.