Dwyane Wade says the Bulls offense will find a way to get it done

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The Bulls’ “three alphas” insist they can play together. They just don’t know exactly how yet.

But Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo promised they would make it work.

They have to make it work.

“What I’m going to do is, I’m going to play my game,” Wade said. “I’m going to play my game within obviously what the system is, what the team needs from me, and at the end of the day, the last time I checked, the ball has to go through the basket, and I’ve been pretty successful putting it through the basket.

“Jimmy has been pretty successful and is going to be even more successful, and Rondo is going to make sure that he knows how to get everybody the ball to put into the basket. Our job is to play to our strengths; to work on our weaknesses, as well. We know how teams may try and defend us, but let’s not go away from what got us here. So we’re going to continue to be who we are.’’

This is who they are: Ball-dominant players who attack the paint and have a mid-range game.

That was fine five years ago, before the Golden State Warriors changed the geometry of the game. But in a league now focused on spreading the floor with three-point shooters, the Bulls might have no choice but to go old-school.

The problem is they hired a coach in Fred Hoiberg who is known for a high-paced offense built on ball movement and outside shooting.

Wade is a career 28 percent shooter from three-point range, Butler is at 33 percent and Rondo 29 percent.

“There’s multiple ways to score the basketball,” Butler said when reminded of those numbers. “I don’t do analytics and the numbers. I think D-Wade has put the ball in the basket for a numerous amount of years, and he’s a great player because of the way he scores the ball. So I don’t think you can call him a non-shooter, because he can definitely shoot the ball. Rondo? Call him what you want, but he’s effective at what he does. Same with myself.

“So you can say you’ve got to be able to knock down an open shot, but I think we’ll still find ways to get that done.”

The good news is the three have at least acknowledged what needs to be done, and they have been in constant communication with each other.

The real pressure will fall on Hoiberg to adapt his offense with limited three-point shooting while making sure to keep three large egos happy. Because Wade is definitely not looking to reinvent himself for a second-year coach.

“That’s why Golden State has been in the Finals the last two years,” Wade said. “That’s their game. They’re good at that. I don’t think that it’s for everyone to play unless you have the personnel to play it. It’s not our personnel.

“We have our own strengths, and those strengths are what we’re going to bring to this game. We’re not going to come out there and try and be [Warriors guard] Stephen Curry. As much as my son loves Stephen Curry, sorry, he’s not your dad. I am. It’s not a game we’re going to try and play.”

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