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Bulls vs. Heat preview and open thread: Dwyane Wade’s swan song in Chi-town

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Thanks for the memories

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Chicago Bulls (10-35) vs. Miami Heat (21-22)

7:00 p.m. CT, WGN

Injury Report:

Wendell Carter Jr. He’s set to miss eight to 12 weeks with a left thumb injury, and Robin Lopez will be starting in his place this time instead of Bobby Portis.

Preview:

For the last time, Chicago-born Dwyane Wade will step foot on the United Center floor as a player. On 25 regular-season occasions he played at the United Center as a Bulls opponent. He added 10 more trips to the UC in the playoffs (5-5 record).

He played 60 inglorious games with the Bulls in 2016-2017, accumulating about $40 million for a year of service in the process.

Here are some of his top moments:

There was the time Cristiano Felicio grabbed a garbage-time rebound away from him, robbing him of a triple-double.

This was especially crappy on Felicio’s part since the Felicio-Wade pick-and-roll was the best thing he had going for him during his professional career.

There was the time Wade divided the locker room with his perfectly choreographed address to the media with Jimmy Butler where both men questioned the effort of their younger teammates.

Which was ironic because....

There was the time where he and LeBron James bet on who would win the World Series: the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians. Wade won and LeBron had to come to the United Center decked out in Cubs gear.

There was the time when he scored 22 points in a 105-99 win against the Boston Celtics in his Bulls debut, officially getting the “From Chicago” call from Tommy Edwards for the first time. He hit a dagger 3-pointer with 26 seconds to play in that game.

There was the time he turned back the clock, scoring 22 points on 9-for-16 from the field against the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. The Bulls won that game to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Wade’s time in Chicago will often be remembered as negative because of the timing and circumstance. He came here as part of the lauded, non-shooting “Three Alphas” at a time when the Bulls were trying to institute Fred Hoiberg’s pace-and-space system on offense. It felt like a cruel tease that a past-his-prime Wade ended up in Chicago at age 35 when he was so close to coming to Chicago in 2010 and forming the superteam that ended up winning championships in Miami. His virtually nonexistent effort defensively coupled with the fact he called out his teammates for the same thing hurt his Chicago legacy. Just like Wade had 24 million reasons to pick up the second-year option on his contract, Bulls fans have 40 million reasons to be a little bitter about how his time in Chicago transpired.

Honestly, it feels like the Bulls did him a disservice by signing him for one year and then paying him to leave. If Wade never wore a Bulls uniform, Bulls fans would probably remember him much more fondly than most of them actually do.