Dwyane Wade Gets Emotional About Move to Hometown Team Chicago Bulls
Dwyane Wade is leaving the Miami Heat to join the Chicago Bulls.
The 34-year-old talked about the move on Thursday while guest hosting Live with Kelly, only hours after announcing the switch-up late Wednesday night.
“It’s still surreal. I’m still numb,” he told Kelly Ripa. “I’ve been in Miami for 13 incredible years. You get a week to decide what you’re going to do. And I didn’t get [any] sleep. I lost probably 5 to 10 pounds, just not being able to sleep. I sweated. It’s so stressful.”
For Wade – a Chicago, Illinois native – coming to the Bulls is a lifelong dream come true.
“I’m excited to go back to the place I’ve always envisioned playing basketball,” he said, getting emotional. “Being a kid growing up, Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls was the team for us. I’ve always envisioned myself like being in the backyard, always had a Bulls jersey on, always envisioned ‘Dwyane Wade’ name being called in the United Center, and I get the opportunity to live that dream out.”
Wade went on to thank his fans, known as the “Heat Nation,” for all their support.
“They embraced me,” he explained. “This shy kid from Chicago came from Milwaukee from Miami and really grew up. We did some special things together. I didn’t do it by myself – I have so many unbelievable teammates along the way. But my fans are just phenomenal.”
Later in the show, Ripa presented Wade with a pair of short Bulls basketball shorts – much to the cheers of the largely-female studio audience – in an effort to convince the athlete to return to the retro look popular in the 1970s.
The duds may be better suited for one of Wade’s three sons: Zaire Blessing, 13, Zion Malachi Airamis, 8, and Xavier Zechariah, 2. He raises them, and his teenage nephew, Dahveon, with wife Gabrielle Union, whom he married in 2014.
Live with Kelly airs weekdays (check local listings).