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The Summer of LeBron is nearing an end and Dwyane Wade seems to have escaped unscathed. LeBron has become a villain and Chris Bosh a dependent buffoon, but Wade's Q Rating has remained high. Back in Chicago for a charity event, Dwyane Wade stopped by The Score in Chicago to talk about why he didn't sign with the Bulls, what that second meeting with team management was all about, and what he thinks of all the LeBron backlash.
Why he decided to re-sign with the Heat instead of signing with the Bulls:
"Well first of all I can't deny the team that I have in Miami. It is very hard to turn that down more than anything. You know what? It just wasn't the time, it just wasn't right. I look at it and say, In 2003 I was this close to coming to Chicago I was two picks away. Now in 2010, I was this close to coming back, but I mean at the time it wasn't right. It didn't work out. I respect Chicago and of course I respect the organization. This is an organization that I grew up loving and still have a heart for, not when we play the Bulls. But it just didn't work out. It was real close, my heart was in it, but the team that I have got in Miami and what I built there just overcame in the end."
Whether he is surprised by the backlash LeBron James has received since signing with Miami:
"Well first of all, there is a lot of misinformation out there when you come to this and it will forever be and you can't come out and change everyone's mindset. The combination of us three players coming together was never an option for us until Coach Riley presented it to us this summer. You never thought that you could bring three players together at all – thought maybe two just like everybody else, but not three. It was something that at the end of the day we couldn't pass up on because it was a once in a life opportunity and there was not many opportunities and times where it could happen. With the backlash that LeBron is receiving from this, it is fine. I think he has handled this very well. I think he understands that he made a decision that was best for LeBron James and for the James' family. At the end of the day that is what is important to him. It is unfortunate that people can come out and say the things they have said about him but if he shoots back and says anything he might get fined or it is going to be looking like the worst thing ever. I think he has been doing a good job of continuing to focus on his life and his family and move on from. He just wants to play basketball and he wants to put himself in a position to win championships and he has done it."
Why he had a 2nd meeting with the Bulls and what happened during that meeting to make him walk away thinking it wasn't the right fit:
"Well we just exchanged more information. It was both sides and it wasn't like I said, let's call the Bulls and let's meet again. It was both sides that wanted the 2nd meeting because of we wanted to finish more information. Like I said, it was very close and I had to take my emotional side out of Chicago and not making an emotional decision, but at the end of the day I think those guys understood, first of all, they have got a great team. They did an unbelievable job at getting the right team around them to get themselves in a position to compete for a championship real soon. They did a great job, but for me both sides just wanted more information. It was a great meeting. I personally thanked all of them for their time afterwards. Like I said, it just wasn't the right time. No one will ever understand me because no one was in those meetings, no one understands the emotions that I have to deal with and a decision that I had to make but it was a very tough decision. So I just appreciate the Chicago fans that continue to support me through it all. Even though I am not in a Bulls uniform, my heart is here. I think this weekend and having this foundation here continues to show my commitment to Chicago and hopefully everyone sees it that way."
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