Dwyane Wade’s presence in Chicago is needed now more than ever.
In the wake of the Bulls’ mini-drama that started last week and played out on social media, the team held a meeting Friday to address their issues. According to veteran forward Taj Gibson, one of the biggest problems is that the younger players would like to see more of Wade on the court at practice.
In particular, Bucks rookie Thon Maker, a Sudan native was returning to the U.S. from Toronto after playing the Raptors Friday night as the executive order cancelling visas was being implemented. He was able to clear U.S. Customs and start Saturday against the Celtics much to the pleasure of Bucks vice president Alexander Lasry, whose father, team owner Marc Lasry, emigrated from Morocco.
“I appreciate all the fans’ concerns and prayers for Thon. And today, a Sudanese refugee who fled oppression and is an incredible young man will make his second NBA start,” Alexander wrote on Twitter. “I’m incredibly excited and proud of him. He’s a symbol of what makes America great and all immigrants believe about America.
“We must continue to share the stories of incredible immigrants and refugees who make America GREAT. Proud that Thon and my dad will be shining examples every day.”
Maker’s family fled his home country when he was 5. He lived in Australia as a youth, is an Australian citizen and holds a passport from that country. Lakers veteran Luol Deng, who also hails from what is now South Sudan and his family fled the Sudanese civil war for Egypt when he was five, and he has lived in the U.S. for 17 years.