Dwyane Wade?s letter to his Miami fans was heartfelt and by reading it, they couldn?t certainly fault him for his decision to leave. After all, he is going home, going back to where his basketball dreams started for him.
Dwyane Wade, the second most wanted free agent this year, finally ends all speculations by agreeing to sign with the Chicago Bulls and leaving the Miami Heat, a team he has been with from the time the Heat drafted him in 2003.
Perhaps Wade?s move wasn?t that much of a surprise as well as his decision to go with the Chicago Bulls, given his rocky relationship with Miami of late, and the fact that Chicago was where his basketball dreams started wherein he grew up inspired by the greatness of Michael Jordan.
Despite the fact that as of late, his relationship with the Miami Heat has become spotty, it cannot be denied that it was with this team that he had an incredible 13 seasons and where he became an NBA star?from being drafted at No. 5 overall, to 3 NBA titles not to mention becoming an all-star from the time he started in the league. And these are just a few of his achievements with the Miami Heat.
With this and although inevitable, saying goodbye still did not come easy for Dwyane Wade. Read on and feel to the core Dwyane Wade?s letter to his Miami fans.
This has been an extremely emotional and tough decision to come to. After 13 years, I have decided to embark on a new journey with the Chicago Bulls. This was not an easy decision, but I feel I have made the right choice for myself and my family.
I started my NBA career with the Miami Heat in 2003 and it has been an honor to have played with them and help build a winning franchise with three NBA championships. I look back with pride and amazement at all we have accomplished together. I want to express my gratitude to the Arison family, Pat Riley, Coach Erik Spoelstra, the coaching staff, and the entire Miami Heat organization.
From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the Miami community and especially #HEATNATION for all of their love and support over the years. It has been truly incredible. I am deeply moved and appreciative of the positive messages from my fans expressing that they want what’s best for me and I know they will support my decision. The memories including championship parades and five conference titles are incredible moments we have shared that will always remain close to my heart as I begin the next chapter of my life.
Growing up in Robbins, Ill., I never dreamed that an NBA career could have even been possible and that one day I would wear a Chicago Bulls jersey. Watching the Bulls growing up inspired me at an early age to pursue my dream of becoming a basketball player. My most treasured memories were watching my dad play basketball on the courts of Fermi Elementary School and developing my game at the Blue Island Recreation Center. I have never forgotten where I came from and I am thankful to have an opportunity to play for the team that first fueled my love of the game. Many of my family members still live in Chicago and I am excited to return home to a city very close to my heart.
I look forward to returning to my roots and to what lies ahead.
Much Love and Respect,