In his 14th NBA season, Dwyane Wade has seen all the highs and lows the NBA has to offer.
But in the wake of the Chicago Bulls’ fifth straight loss, a 100-80 defeat to the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon, the future Hall of Famer acknowledged what Bulls fans have known for weeks: Coach Fred Hoiberg and his team are in a difficult spot as they try to win games and make the playoffs while developing players for the future in the process.
After some initial success following a trade deadline deal that sent Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow, the Bulls have played lifelessly in five straight defeats.
When asked if the Bulls’ commitment to developing younger players can frustrate the rest of the team, Wade was diplomatic in his response but acknowledged some frustration with the circumstances.
“I have to get with coach,” Wade said. “I have to get with Jimmy, find a way so that I can be better as a player. The rest of it doesn’t matter at this point. I don’t think talking is really the thing, calling somebody out isn’t a thing. We’re here, man. It’s unfortunate. We got to figure out a way to win games no matter what. That’s all it is, or we’re going to walk our way into the summer a little early and go from there. So we got to find a way.”
Wade also noted that, aside from a loss to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, the Bulls’ losses in the five-game slide have come to teams gearing up for the playoffs. Wade knows his team is in a different kind of preparation for the future at the moment.
“They’re ready,” Wade said of the Bulls’ recent opponents. “They know what they got to do. We’re still experimenting. Like I said the other day, we’re going to take some lumps; some of them are going to be big lumps. Some of them are going to be small lumps. Tonight was a big one.”