Wade clears rumors; Focused on the NBA


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.

5 Things to watch: Bulls open season against Celtics

5 Things to watch: Bulls open season against Celtics

The Bulls kick off their 2016-17 season Thursday night against the Celtics.

We'll have end-to-end coverage all season long. Make sure you're following these accounts for all the information you'll need: @vgoodwill, @MarkSchanowski, @markstrot, @ChuckGarfien, @CSNBulls.

Here are five things to watch for tonight. And don't forget to tune in to CSN on Saturday night as the Bulls host Paul George and Indiana Pacers.

1. The Three Alphas debut

Each of the Bulls' starting guards had their moments during the preseason, but it's admittedly tough to get a read on how well they'll perform when the games mean something. While it won't be entirely fair to judge them on one game - especially against a stellar defensive team in Boston - how the three players interchange with each other will say plenty. Watch for the way they share the basketball, who initiates the offense and, when one gets hot, if the other two don't mind taking a backseat for a handful of possessions.

2. Who takes the reins at power forward?

Fred Hoiberg said that Taj Gibson will get the start against the Celtics, and it's well deserved after his impressive preseason. Gibson is as rock solid and consistent on both ends as they come, but the reality is if the Bulls are going to be successful this year one of Nikola Mirotic or Bobby Portis will need to make a jump forward. The Celtics deploy postman Amir Johnson and stretch forward Jonas Jerebko at the 4, so Brad Stevens will give the Bulls multiple looks that they'll need to counter with the combination of Gibson/Mirotic/Portis.

3. Running of the Bulls

The Bulls are naturally going to push pace with a great initiator in Rondo and two excellent finishers in Butler and Wade. The Celtics played at home against the Nets last night, and four days into the season they're already playing their first back-to-back. It will be interesting to see if Hoiberg and the Bulls put an emphasis on pushing pace against a Celtics team that played 24 hours earlier.

4. How much will Denzel Valentine play?

The Bulls' rookie really only has one real practice under his belt, but he says he feels good enough that he'll suit up Thursday night. In most situations he wouldn't expect to see much playing time, if any. But the Celtics go 10 deep - 10 players played at least 15 minutes and scored eight points - and that may cause Hoiberg to go deeper into his bench than usual.

5. Fred Hoiberg's debut: Pt. II

Fred Hoiberg began his coaching career with a victory over the eventual champion Cleveland Cavaliers. The rest of the season didn't go as planned, but with a fresh roster and a year of experience under his belt he'll get another chance to show what he can do. He'll have to balance the Three Alphas, figure out the power forward spot and determine how his second unit works best together. And as far as tonight goes, he'll need to do it against one of the best coaches in the league in Brad Stevens. There's plenty of time to evaluate Hoiberg, but a victory in Game 1 would be another good start for him and the Bulls.

Bulls exploring signing former Celtics shooting guard R.J. Hunter

Bulls exploring signing former Celtics shooting guard R.J. Hunter

According to CSN Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill, the Bulls are exploring signing former Celtics shooting guard R.J. Hunter.

The Bulls currently have one open roster spot.

Hunter, a first-round pick of the Celtics in 2015, appeared in 38 games as a rookie. He struggled from the field, shooting just 36.7 percent from the field and 30.2 percent from deep. He ultimately lost out on a roster spot this preseason in a crowded Celtics backcourt.

Hunter was the darling of the 2015 NCAA Tournament playing for his father at Georgia State. Hunter hit a game-winning 3-pointer against Baylor to propel the 14th-seeded Panthers to an opening-round win.

Hunter was a two-time Sun Belt Player of the Year, averaging 19.7 points per game as a junior.

The Bulls open their 2016-17 season tomorrow night against the Celtics.

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