Dwyane Wade makes Bulls debut, Denzel Valentine sprains ankle

Dwyane Wade plays first game for Chicago

Just over thirteen years ago, there were hopes that the Chicago Bulls would land the hometown kid in Dwyane Wade. Of course, that wasn’t the reality, as the Miami Heat snagged him with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2003 draft.

But what was once a dream, for both the Bulls franchise and Wade, has now become a reality.

Monday night, Wade made his debut in a Bulls uniform at their preseason opener. He didn’t see much playing time, though, as head coach Fred Hoiberg revealed before the game that Wade would only play in the first half. His minutes are expected to increase as preseason continues, though:

Wade played just 12 minutes, but he made the most of it. He posted six points on 2-of-3 shooting — both of which were 3-pointers — two rebounds, an assist and two steals.

He reflected on his role with the team after the game:

Denzel Valentine injures ankle

Rookie Denzel Valentine made his first in-game appearance as a Bull at the 10:15 mark of the second quarter, and he made his first NBA bucket at the 6:26 mark. He remained in the game for the remainder of the quarter and didn’t return to the hardwood until the 3:15 mark of the third quarter, checking in for Tony Snell. However, he wasn’t even in the game for a whole minute before he sprained his left ankle while on the defensive end.

Valentine checked out of the game with 2:27 left in the third and did not return. Per the Chicago Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson, Hoiberg said Valentine is expected to be out for two weeks.

In 11 minutes, Valentine put up four points on 2-of-5 shooting, one rebound and two assists.

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