Wade spoke about the team’s need for their superstar during a promotional tour for his new book, “A Father First” on Wednesday.
“Every season’s different,” Wade said to ESPNChicago.com. “Obviously, a healthy Derrick Rose will help that… They have a good core around him of players, but they need him to be (the) Derrick Rose that he was an if he’s that then they’re going to be a team that you’ve got to continue to watch out for.”
Wade seems to be stating the obvious, as the Bulls have little chance of making a playoff run without their star guard. Rose is on track to return in February or March, though team officials have openly stated that they will not rush the former MVP back from his ACL recovery.
The veteran Heat guard seems to often have input on his hometown team, despite forming somewhat of a rivalry with the Bulls since the “Big 3” joined forces on the Heat. Wade made comments last month about Rose’s need to recruit stars to join the Bulls, which the all-star guard has avoided since entering the league.
Wade and the Heat are looking to build on their 2011-12 NBA Championship, and on paper seem poised to make another run at the title. While the Bulls current championship window may have closed with Rose’s injury, it remains to be seen when he will return to action and how effective he will be following the long recovery.