Almost like he never left, Dwyane Wade still center of attention in Miami – CBSSports.com
MIAMI — He was introduced last. As usual. As was only right.
And as Mike Baiamonte’s voice reverberated throughout AmericanAirlines Arena — “D-u-h-w-a-y-y-y-y-n-e W-a-y-y-y-y-d-e!” — as it customarily did for the final player on the Heat side, the cheers came along for the ride.
Just as South Florida had tagged along for the 13 seasons that Dwyane Wade had driven the Heat, before he left for the Chicago Bulls last offseason.
“The fans were great,” Wade said after his first and only regular-season return.
Wade wasn’t great Thursday. He actually called it the “worst basketball game I’ve ever played in my life,” and that was somewhat of a surprise, considering how he so often stole the stage here, how he made magic in what he likes to label “the moment,” and how he was coming off a 25-point outing against Atlanta. He missed his first off-balance stepback jumper and it didn’t get much better from there.
“I couldn’t wait until it was over,” Wade said. “It was just weird.”
He scored 13, and missed 12 of 17 shots in the 98-95 Chicago victory, clanking all four of his attempts from 3-point range, which actually was more representative of his Miami days than early in his time in Chicago. He committed three turnovers, including a couple of careless passes. He did have one dazzling reverse layup, but his principle contribution came in the form of selling a foul on Justise Winslow, and then sinking two free throws with 13.7 seconds left. It was the sort of foul call Erik Spoelstra said he would have appreciated … last season.
“The guy, No. 20, he’s a really strong guy,” Wade’s teammate, Rajon Rondo, said of Winslow. “And he pushed (Wade) into the crowd, and the refs did a great job of calling