For probably the first time in his basketball career, every made bucket by Dwyane Wade in a game was a 3-pointer: he was 2 of 2 from 3, 2 of 3 overall and 0 of 2 from the free throw line in his Chicago Bulls debut on Monday.
Wade said coach Fred Hoiberg has been encouraging him to shoot more from 3 as opposed to trying to driving into traffic with his 34-year old body and the mileage of a 40-year old NBA vet.
“I’ve been working a lot with coach,” Wade said. “Fred has been working me a lot after practice on my 3s, so I was like, ‘Why not?’ See where the first one goes. But just within the offense right now, everybody’s trying to find their way. We’re trying to get comfortable with the offense, so you’ve got to find your spots. Those were my two opportunities [from beyond the arc], and for the first two to go down, that’s pretty good. So that means I’ve got a couple more in the chamber for next game that I can shoot.”
Hoiberg also praised Wade, who shot just 16% from 3’s last season and finished with a total of 7, for making the pair of 3-pointers.
“He showed what he can do, showed how hard he’s been working on his 3-ball, stepped right up and knocked down his two 3s.
It would be odd to see Wade become a “3-point threat,” considering he’s only had 1 season during his 13-season career where he averaged 1 (1.1 to be exact) 3-pointer a game, but, he’s wearing a Bulls uniform, so everything he does is going to be a little odd for basketball fans.
“I’ve been in the league 14 years,” Wade said. “This is a straight marathon for me. I’ve talked to Coach about playing a few minutes and kind of revving up as we go on. … Everything for me is different surroundings. But it’s still basketball. Nothing has changed from that standpoint.”
As for Wade’s new backcourt partner, Rajon Rondo was of 1 of 2 for 2 points and had a game-high 7 assists in his Bulls debut.
Source: Chicago Tribune
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