Wade deserves a hero's welcome
Dwyane Wade will make his return to Miami on Thursday for the first time since leaving the Heat in free agency to sign a more lucrative contract with the Bulls.
Wade leaving was purely a business decision, but it was largely one made by the Heat when they jerked him around with his contract for a second straight summer.
Here are six things we'd like to see happen when Wade returns to Miami as a member of the Bulls.
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A proper tribute
Wade was a 12-time All-Star in 13 seasons with the Heat, and won a title even before he got two more once LeBron James came to town. He's been the face of the franchise for more than a decade, and the Heat organization should pay its proper repects.
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A video message from LeBron James
LeBron left Miami even before Wade did, but the two championships they won together remain an unbreakable bond.
LeBron and Wade are close personal friends, and it would be fantastic to see James deliver a video tribute to Wade in his first trip back to face the Heat.
Of course, given the way LeBron's tenure with the Heat ended unexpectedly, it would probably be a surprise if we saw something like this on Thursday.
An apology from Pat Riley
We realize there's almost a zero percent chance of this happening, especially since Wade hasn't spoken with Riley in the four months since he's left.
But the reality is that Miami jerked its franchise player around in contract negotiations in two consecutive summers, and Wade deserved better considering all he gave to the franchise in 13 years of professional service.
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Not a single boo from fans in attendance
Wade will be returning to Miami as a member of the opposing team, but Heat fans shouldn't dare to even consider booing him during Thursday night's matchup.
Wade did everything he could for the franchise while winning three NBA titles, and he would have preferred to stay if the organization had offered a contract anywhere near what he deserved.
The fans in Miami should do nothing but heap love and praise upon Wade for all he's done, even if he happens to be wearing the other team's jersey.
A late clutch shot
Win or lose, it would be great to see Wade come up big in the clutch against the team that has forsaken him.
A Bulls victory
The ultimate revenge for Wade, of course, would be to stroll into town and come away with a win against his former team. Heat fans might not be too upset about it, either, considering all he did for the franchise over the past 13 seasons.
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