Chicago lost a Rose who grew from a crack in our concrete, but then a blessing Waded in the water. Just like with KD’s move to Oakland, I thought D. Wade coming to Chicago was all talk, until it was announced on official sports outlets and then by D. Wade himself, which meant it was definitely true. It was then that a light shone through. A cloud opened up in the sky and God sent us an Angel.
Not that I don’t have faith in the Bulls roster, but my faith was wavering when the Bulls decided that Derrick Rose had to go – the hometown hero who inspired hope and promise into a city entrenched in anguish. It was a deep cut when I found out he leaving but refreshing to see who we got in his place: another hometown hero.
For years, we talked about Dwyane Wade coming to the Bulls since he grew up in Robbins, a suburb 30 minutes from Chicago. I don’t know what inspired the move, but I’m happy that it happened. We’re still reeling in Laquan McDonald’s death and the stripping of our city’s culture by a mayor who rules with a heavy hand, so it’s nice to know that all hope is not lost.
So, what could Dwyane Wade’s signing really mean for the Bulls? It could mean money, of course, because he has a loyal fanbase who’s been with him for the better part of this 13 years. Jersey sales and ticket sales are one thing, but the invaluable effects of the signing are something else. One possible outcome is that the kid who goes to Simeon or Morgan Park might see that someone who grew up near the same city as them is playing for his home team and maybe, one day, they can too.
Dwyane Wade coming to Chicago means representation for the Chicago boys with aspirations of making it to the NBA one day. Now, I don’t know if this means a ring for the city, which seems next to impossible given that the Splash Brothers have joined forces with KD, and King James has secured his throne with assistance from his loyal hand Kyrie Irving. Needless to say, there will be a lot of competitors this time around. If nothing else, D. Wade coming home means the Bulls are still playoff contenders, at least.