In case you missed it in today's Chicago Tribune then just turn on the radio because it is the news of the day. The homecoming parade that was being planned for mid-July has been called off and no this is not being done as a cost cutting move being done by the city.
Dwayne Wade said in today Tribune questioned the Chicago Bulls' loyality to their former players. "I think the biggest question that you think about has to be loyalty," Wade said "I know one thing about Miami: It is a very loyal organization. I see what they do with their players when their players get done with the game of basketball . . . how loyal they are. I don't know about the Bulls." He made sure to point out Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen who both have their numbers hanging in the rafter:"I see Michael Jordan is not there, Scottie Pippen is not there . . . You know, these guys are not a part," Wade says "Things like that. So that is probably one of the biggest things for me, because I am a very loyal person."
My response to Wade is to open your eyes.
So Jordan isn't here, fine but until he spent all those millions to take full control of the Bobcats he spent more time at the UC then he did in Charlotte. I was at several Bulls or Hawks games that he attended. When he retired the first time owner Jerry Reinsdorf paid him his full basketball contract while he was playing minor league baseball for the White Sox, Jerry's other team. Jordan wanted to be an owner from day 1 after he retired in 98 and no one on the Bulls was selling so he moved to the Wizards and then after that failed he finally ended up in Charlotte.
Scottie Pippen isn't a major part of the organization but he is around. He writes a monthly article of his thoughts on the team as well as the league on the Bulls website. He threw his hat into the coaching search two years ago when Vinny got hired but outside of playing Pip has no basketball experience. He has never been an assistant or held any positon in the front office.
I guess if Wade wants to nit pick at those two then fine he might have a case but what about everyone else.
The late great Johnny "Red" Kerr was the team's first coach and was a longtime broadcaster. Jerry Sloan who also has his number retired worked his way up as a scout before becoming the head coach. His coaching tenure lasted less then three seasons. The late Norm Van Lier was connected to the team in many ways, mostly through the broadcasting side. Bob Love who has his number hanging from the rafters can be seen at almost every single Bulls game and helps out greatly with all the Bulls charities.
How about the Jordan Era Bulls? Currently on the coaching staff is Randy Brown and Pete Myers. On the broadcasting side there is Stacy King on TV, Kendall Gill doing pre and post game and Bill Wennington on the radio side. Bill Cartwright was the head coach for some time, BJ Armstrong held a spot in the front office before he left to become Derrick Rose's agent and current vice president John Paxson has been an assitant coach, radio broadcaster, and general manager.
No one liked how the team was broken up after the 98 championship but the Bulls helped a lot of their former players then. They signed guys like Steve Kerr and Luc Longley to bigger contracts then they could have recieved on the open market and then traded them to contending teams. Pippen eneded up in Houston while Kerr ended up in San Antonio and became the only player to win four straight titles that weren't part of the Bill Russell Celtics.
He says he knows the Heat are loyal. How was Pat Riley being loyal to coach Stan Van Gundy when he pushed him out so he become head coach.
Another interesting thing that came out during the interview was that Wade plans on talking and hopefully meeting will fellow free agents Lebron James and Joe Johnson.
Is all this loyality talk just part of a sale spitch by Wade to convince other star players to think Miami before they think Chicago.
By the way just a little sidenote to all this loyality talk. Larry Bird and Kevin McHale were both Celtic greats neither are employeed by the Celtics. There are examples of this all across the league so next time Dwayne think before you speak and by thew way I expect you to annouce on Twitter shortly how this quote has totally been taken out of context.