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Michigan Avenue - 2016 - Issue 6 - Winter - Dwyane Wade

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MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM  115 WADE'S WORLD new By J.P. Anderson Photography By Bob Metelus When the Chicago Bulls signed superstar guard Dwyane Wade to a contract in July, you could almost hear basketball fans across the city thinking the same thing: Finally. After all, hasn't Wade always been destined to be a Bull? Even having played his entire 13-year NBA career in Miami (where he snagged three championships and was named an All Star 12 times), the Chicago native has maintained a rock-solid connection to the city through his family and his Wade's World Foundation, which helps underserved communities and focuses on helping youth achieve their goals. Now, as number 3 grooves his game and aims to propel the team back into the playoffs, in an exclusive Michigan Avenue interview he opens up about his new life as a Bull, his perspective on the city's recent violence, and what he sees as his most important legacy—both on and off the court. Welcome home. How does it feel to be back in Chicago? Thank you. It feels good to be close to family, and it feels good knowing that my mom, who's my biggest fan, gets to see me play 41 games here. And also just understanding with my family that it's the right time for me to be back. What appealed to you about becoming a Bull? One thing I always said to myself and to my fans was that if I ever wanted or had to leave Miami for whatever reason, I wanted it to be [to return to] Chicago. How many times do you get the chance to have the career I had [there] and still live out a life-long dream of playing back in your home- town, where your vision of becoming a NBA player started? Even though my career has been amazing—I've had way more highs than I've had lows—this is to me a great opportunity to control my destiny and do what I want to do with my career. As he settles into his role as the Chicago Bulls' newest star, NBA veteran dwyane wade shares his perspective on the state of the city, why it's important for athletes to speak out, and what it means to finally be playing for his hometown team.

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