Dreams and goals are great. You can strive for them. Work for them. They can be the things that drive you.
Dwyane Wade, however, would like you to maybe pick some goals that are achievable, not something ridiculous like “winning an NBA championship.”
The Chicago Bulls aren’t winning a title in 2017, and Wade knows it. Heck, we all know it. Besides the fact that the Bulls aren’t the Golden State Warriors, they have some things working against them. Real GM has the Bulls with an average age of 25.9, making them one of the youngest teams in the league, and their big offseason move was to sign a 34-year-old guard coming off a somewhat subpar season and a point guard who can’t shoot from beyond the arc. All the signs are there and Wade sees them.
It’s not that the Bulls are doomed to be bad because of their age — Wade, Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo are a nice core — but they’re a long way off from contending after missing the postseason a year ago.
And really, only someone of Wade’s stature can get away with that type of statement. You can’t be, like, Charlie Whitehurst at the podium after a Cleveland Browns loss telling reporters, “Who cares? We’re the Browns. We’re not going anywhere anyway.” Even though, you know, it’s the most realistic conclusion to their season.