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Wade arrives as a visitor in Miami (0:31)

Dwyane Wade receives an ovation from the staff at AmericanAirlines Arena while walking towards the visiting team’s locker room before Thursday’s game between the Bulls and Heat. (0:31)

Wade left his mark on Miami

Three NBA championships. A 2006 NBA Finals MVP. A 12-time All-Star. Oh, and the Miami Heat‘s all-time leading scorer. Dwyane Wade, who played his first 13 NBA seasons (2003-2016) with the Heat, returns to American Airlines Arena as a member of the Chicago Bulls.

His presence, not surprisingly, is inescapable inside the arena.


A change has arrived

“For 13 years I’ve been on one side of the arena and heard my name called last as a member of the Miami Heat. Tonight it’s not that.” – Dwyane Wade, who added that nothing has been routine for him today, even with the chance to sleep in his bed in his Miami home.

— Adam Reisinger


Keeping old friends close

After shootaround, Udonis Haslem spoke extensively about facing Dwyane Wade, who was his teammate for the first 13 years of his career: “We’re going to compete,” Haslem said. “However I’ve got to get it done. It could be taking a charge. It could be going up to block. Whatever the situation may be. I won’t foul him as hard as I’d foul somebody else.”

Later asked about Haslem’s pledge to avoid the hard foul, Wade said: “I don’t believe that for one second.” Wade did say he hopes Haslem, who has only played in one game this season, gets some playing time and gets switched onto him defensively at some point.

— Adam Reisinger