LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are years removed from their partnership in Miami, but some of the details of said partnership are only just now coming to surface.
Before the “Big Three” formed in Miami, James and Wade had an interest in joining the Rose-led Chicago Bulls — and that much is no mystery. At the time, DRose was one of the best young players in the league and the Bulls were a franchise riddled with extravagant history.
But why is it that they never went there? What stooped them from teaming with Rose?
According to what Wade told Essentially Sports, it just didn’t make sense basketball-wise.
“So you’re already talking two guys who are ball-dominant. And then you have a young up-and-coming star in the league who is ball-dominant,” Wade said. “At that time, I don’t think it would’ve worked out for us. We took our two ball-dominant selves away from having three guys as ball-dominant. So instead of it being me, LeBron and Derrick Rose, it’s going to be a tough one. So we decided to pick what we thought was better from a basketball standpoint.”
With Bosh, Wade and Bron played with a guy who could excel without having the ball in his hands. As a point guard whose game excels on drives, the same couldn’t have been possible with Rose.
Three stars sharing the ball like that doesn’t seem like a smart recipe for success. And, in Miami, they knew success pretty well. The Heat went on to four straight Finals and won two of them while the Bulls ultimately fell apart with the injuries to Derrick Rose.
Fair to say they made the right choice.