Dwyane Wade Opens Up About Pat Riley, Banana Boating & His Future In Chicago

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After sitting out the Bulls’ lopsided loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, Dwyane Wade sat down with Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical for the latest episode of his podcast. They talked about everything, ranging from the creation of the original “Big Three” in Miami to Wade’s thoughts on being back home in a violence-stricken Chicago.

Dwyane also offered up his thoughts on what exactly will go into his offseason decision regarding his player option. Will the comfort of being back home in Chicago be enough to keep him with the Bulls? Or will he look for a more likely championship contender, perhaps with one of his guys from the “Banana Boat Crew”? Speaking of which, Wade gives his funny take on the origin of that nickname.

Here are some of the best quotes from Wade’s interview with Woj:

The Unexpected

Woj asked Wade if his first season with the Bulls has been a greater struggle than he anticipated.

“I didn’t really have a lot of expectations because I didn’t know the guys on the team. I played against a few of them, I knew they were young. So I needed to get into training camp, I needed to get around them before I had expectations…Once I got into it I realized we have myself, Rondo who’s won a championship, and then we have Jimmy who’s made himself an All Star in this league. But outside of that, it’s a lot of guys that don’t have any experience. This isn’t even playoff experience, this is just basketball experience… I knew it was going to take a while. And you just hope to hit a stride at some point. That’s your goal. When you’re with a new team…you hope that you guys figure out your game, you figure out what it takes to win. And ya’ll can finally hit that stride at some point throughout the year. There’s still time. You hope you can still do it, but time does tick away on you too. I’ve been on teams where the clock ticked out on us.” – Dwyane Wade

Sounds like Wade is aware that the Bulls (26-29) are flirting with the clock ticking out on their season. But, as he said in his introductory press conference, this is a young and inexperienced team. Championship contention was never a reality this season.