Unlike what we saw when LeBron James departed Cleveland for Miami in 2010 and Kevin Durant's recent decision to leave Oklahoma City for Oakland, fans in Florida have taken Wade's departure in the best possible manner.
Much will be written about Pat Riley's involvement in Wade's departure in the future, and it'll be interesting to see how he's painted.
She said she once got the chance to shake the hand of the mayor of Wade County outside the arena. "Can you tell by my eyes?"
Whether Chicago ever got into the same room on Wednesday night was unclear.
Host Kelly Ripa joked at the outset, "So, what's up ..."
"You're going to disagree, but if you all have one common goal at the end of the day and that's to get a W, that's all that matters", Rondo said. And I didn't get [any] sleep.
Weight loss aside, Wade's didn't regret his decision as he told Ripa that he was looking forward to playing for his hometown Chicago Bulls.
In 855 regular-season games with the Heat, Wade averaged 23.7 points and shot 48.8 percent. "I had a house there until like 2000, until I got married again, when I had to get rid of it, because it was a bachelor pad".
"Watching the Bulls growing up inspired me at an early age to pursue my dream of becoming a basketball player", Wade wrote in the letter.
Wade, who played on the 2008 US Olympic gold medal-winning team, has never been the Heat's top-paid player. I have never forgotten where I came from and I am thankful to have an opportunity to play for the team that first fueled my love of the game. The Heat signed Hassan Whiteside to a maximum contract that made it impossible to match Wade's asking price of $50 million.
Dwyane Wade seemed part of a dwindling number of players - right there with Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki - who would spend their entire National Basketball Association career with one team.
For now, less than 24 hours after the news broke, we'll just have Riley's text message statement to lament over, which he sent to Miami Heat super beat writer Dan LeBatard, which LeBatard in-turn published to the Miami Herald. This little shy kid from Chicago...
"The main thing is trying to mesh together and sacrifice and just trying to do what's best for the team", Rondo said.