In his first game as a member of his hometown Chicago Bulls, Dwyane Wade hit a game-icing three-pointer in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter to give the Bulls a victory in their opener at home against the Boston Celtics. But following the shot, he completed what the league deemed to be a “throat slash” gesture that has earned him a $25,000 fine.
Following the game, Wade took to Twitter to apologize for his “gesture,” saying that he was “caught up in the emotions of my first game at home.” Wade finished the game with 22 points, six rebounds and five assists, knocking down four three-pointers after hitting seven all of last season.
The 12-time All-Star spent the past 13 seasons as a member of the Miami Heat, none of which were more disastrous from deep than last year. Finishing the year at 15.9 percent from deep, he went 7-for-44 for the entire season, although he improved his outside shooting in the playoffs. While Wade has never been a prolific marksman (28.6 percent for his career), he had a three-year stretch in his prime where he fired over 200 threes in three consecutive seasons.
Joining him in the new-look Chicago backcourt are notorious non-deep range threats as well in Rajon Rondo and Jimmy Butler. Head coach Fred Hoiberg will have to dictate how the trio will work as a unit in the future, but following Wade’s step-back, game-winning three — followed by the throat slash — the Bulls find themselves at 1-0:
Their next game comes on Saturday night at home against the Indiana Pacers.