Carmelo Anthony still is baffled that his fellow 2003 draftee, Dwyane Wade, is no longer a member of the Miami Heat.
While it wasn’t the biggest news of the NBA Free Agency frenzy that took place earlier this month, the decision of Dwyane Wade to leave the Miami Heat after 13 seasons for his hometown Chicago Bulls has plenty of people stunned at the idea of no longer seeing Wade in that Heat uniform.
It isn’t just fans or the media who feel that way, but also some of the NBA’s top players are trying to get the idea in their head of seeing D-Wade in the red and black of the Bulls. One of those players is a fellow member of the 2003 draft class, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.
As he prepares for the Rio Olympics that will start next week, Melo told ESPN.com that it was a shock to him that Wade actually left South Florida:
"“I was shocked more from a standpoint it was just hard to see. It’s hard to see some players in different uniforms and he’s one of those guys who I never thought I would see in a different uniform other than Miami. But it happened, and I got a chance to talk to him and sit down with him and really dig deep about his feelings and what happened. He’s at peace now. And when he’s at peace, I’m at peace with it.”"
Carmelo Anthony may be one of those who can understand Wade’s decision more than anyone, as he got a chance to return to New York City and play for his hometown team (before moving to Baltimore as a youth).
With the way the Eastern Conference is looking this year, you might see a Melo/Wade showdown in the playoffs this season.
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