"I think the biggest question that you think about has to be loyalty,"
said Wade, a Richards grad who added he has been a Bulls fan for a long
time. "I know one thing about Miami: It is a very loyal organization. I
see what they do with their players when their players get done with
the game of basketball ... how loyal they are. I don't know about the
"I see Michael Jordan is not there, Scottie Pippen is
not there. ... You know, these guys are not a part," Wade said. "Things
like that. So that is probably one of the biggest things for me,
because I am a very loyal person."
What strikes me most about this, is that I find the Bulls are an exceptionally loyal organization. However, the bad vibes of the dynasty's breakup have come back to haunt them yet again.
Not loyal to Scottie Pippen? We signed and traded him for absolute junk just to get him a better a contract at his next destination. We then paid him 10 million dollars to come back later on when he was absolutely done, but also absolutely broke. He could only play for one of the years on the deal. The team basically did him a huge favor because of his debt problems.
John Paxson currently serves as the Bulls executive vice president, and the Bulls have stuck by him despite a pretty crazy episode with Vinny Del Negro. They also have a very, very strong history of promoting from within according to the people I know who work there. They gave Bill Cartwright a job as an assistant and eventually named him head coach despite not being particularly qualified for the job.
B.J. Armstrong had a job as assistant general manager for awhile working with Jerry Krause. Notice that when he left, B.J. Armstrong has not gone on to work as a G.M. elsewhere.
Pete Myers presently works as an assistant coach for the Bulls forever as well.
They paid out Jay Williams contract when they didn't have to after he voided his contract in the way that he injured himself. In the end though, it really comes back to the bitter feelings about the team's breakup.
The Bulls have employed Bob Love for as long as I can remember as their director of community relations despite the fact that he has a speech impediment.
In fact, pretty much the only example of a "lack of loyalty" is that they didn't make Jordan GM or owner when he retired. I doubt the Heat are giving Wade an ownership share for free or making him general manager when he retires either.
Jordan simply wouldn't take any other position with the Bulls, and when he found a deal he liked with the Wizards he grabbed it. If you want to complain about a lack of loyalty blame the Wizards for milking Jordan as a player when he unretired to play for peanuts and then failing to give him his GM job/ownership stake back.
In the end, the perception is out there. I don't think it's fair, but there it is.