Wizards coach Scott Brooks talked about it Wednesday before his team whipped the Bulls 107-97 at the United Center. It lands on any and all scouting reports involving the Bulls. And yet it still happens — with regularity.
Dwyane Wade pump-fakes, draws a defender in the air and goes to the free throw line after getting fouled.
“Everybody knows it’s coming. And you just can’t do anything about it,” Brooks said. “He just has that knack because he’s such a great midrange player.”
It’s a signature move that still works 14 seasons into a Hall of Fame career.
“He has everything,” Brooks said. “Even at this age (34), he’s still one of the best guards in the league.”
Wade’s five free throw attempts per game rank second behind Jimmy Butler on the Bulls.
“Wade is rubbing off on Butler now,” Brooks said. “He’s starting to (pump-fake) at a high level.”
Crowd control: Throughout the season, Wade has been comfortable expressing himself beyond the bland sound bite with observations dripping with truth.
In training camp, he downplayed championship expectations to remind everyone the Bulls have to get back to being a playoff team. On the six-game trip, he placed 3-3 as his realistic goal for an eventual 4-2 outing.
And so it was again Wednesday at the morning shootaround, when Wade addressed getting booed off the United Center floor Friday.
“I’m an honest guy. I was very disappointed our fans booed us,” he said. “We’re trying to figure it out. We win home games against Cleveland, San Antonio. And then we get our butts kicked against Milwaukee. I don’t think we deserved to be booed. We’re out here trying.
“I’d like to see more patience and support from everybody. Like I said at the beginning of the year, we’re not winning a championship today. We’re not winning a championship tomorrow. We have stages and levels to get to where we want to get to. And everyone has to understand that.”
Layups: Jerry Krause and Toni Kukoc are eligible candidates for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2017 that will be unveiled at the NCAA Final Four on April 3 in Phoenix. Krause, considered by many to be a major omission from inclusion from the Hall, has been on the ballot for years and was nominated in the contributor category. Kukoc is on for a second time in the international category. … The Bulls’ 44-point jump from scoring 69 points Friday against the Bucks to 113 Monday against the Pistons marks the fourth-largest point increase from game to game in the last 20 seasons.