Zach LaVine had a big game to help the Bulls to their first win of the season. LaVine dropped 37 points in a 110-102 win at the Grizzlies on Friday.
He caught former Bull and Chicago native Dwyane Wade’s attention. Wade tweeted out some props to LaVine for his big night.
LaVine shot 13-for-23 from the field, had six rebounds, four assists and three steals. That sure reads like star talent.
However, the content of the message isn’t what most people noticed right away. Wade misspelled both LaVine’s first and last name. It’s possible this can be chalked up to autocorrect, but it’s ironic coming from Wade, a guy whose first name is often misspelled.
Wade didn’t play with LaVine in his time in Chicago. Wade’s only year with the Bulls, the 2016-17 season, was the season before the Bulls dealt Jimmy Butler to Minnesota for a package that included LaVine.
For the second straight year, future NBA Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade hosted a business and basketball-themed camp at the Stance Basketball facility called "The Invitational", where Wade invites young players from around the NBA to spend a week fine-tuning their on and off the court skills.
This year's camp featured Bulls No. 7 overall 2019 draft pick Coby White, who will be entering his rookie season hoping to become a big part of a Bulls team looking for major improvements across the board.
Wade's camp—which was originally called "The Blueprint"—takes place over a week filled with everything ranging from serious conversations about finances and the life of a pro athlete with Wade to spirited dodgeball games featuring Stance employees going against NBA players.
The main goal of the camp is for Wade to pass off all of the knowledge he can to the future generation of NBA stars, and White is no doubt all ears considering the similarities in the start of their respective NBA careers.
Like Wade, Coby White is a top-10 draft pick who will be joining a team that is looking to bounce back from a season in which they won less than 30 games. And just like rookie year Wade, White will likely soon be choosing which shoe brand to partner with for the foreseeable future.
Obviously, the fact that White is already being considered for a shoe deal shows what a marketable and talented player he is but he needs to work on the finer points of being a distributor at the NBA level to get off to a fast start in Chicago. Wade is a great teacher for this specific task. The former Bull averaged 5.4 assists per game for his career despite often being Miami's first scoring option.
Wade also played next to a high-usage player during Miami's peaks with Shaquille O'Neal and LeBron James, and his experiences with those teams will be a boon to White, who will need to find a way to fit his primarily score-first playing style next to Bulls leading scorer Zach LaVine.
The Invitational camp will become an even stronger offseason program with Wade in full post-retirement mode and it will continue to build NBA friendships that last long beyond playing days. And for Coby White, he can add Dwyane Wade to the list of NBA greats that have worked with him and cosigned his energetic, fast-paced game.
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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.