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Justise Winslow on Dwyane Wade departure: ‘I’ll get over it’

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The Miami Heat and their fans have been left reeling by the departure of Dwyane Wade, who spent all 13 NBA seasons of his Hall of Fame-caliber career with the organization.

But now that the player who helped lead the Heat to three NBA titles has moved on to play with his hometown Chicago Bulls, his former teammates are left to make sense of the situation. And perhaps more importantly, figure out how to move on.

Justise Winslow is among Wade’s former Heat teammates to speak candidly about how it’s difficult to process things so soon after the surprising developments of the past few days, saying, “I still don’t think I’m over it.”

Winslow spoke to reporters at the Heat’s Orlando Summer League game against the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.

“It’s just one of those things where, it’s not even so much about me stepping up or me taking on a bigger role or losing Dwyane, it’s just the fact that it’s not too often you get one of the greatest of all time on your team,” Winslow said, via ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “And I’m sure guys in L.A. feel the same about Kobe [Bryant].”

But Winslow believes in time he and his Heat teammates, without really any other options, will have to accept playing without Wade.

“Different guys changing teams, guys in Oklahoma City, it’s not too often you play with one of the greats,” Winslow continued. “I just think that’s one of the parts that kind of shook me the most. Losing that mentor, that friend, but I think I’ll get over it soon.”

Heat guard Josh Richardson added that Wade was a “great leader” and “great mentor.”

These candid and straightforward comments from Wade’s former teammates certainly differ in tone to what Heat president Pat Riley had to say about the sudden disruption of the team’s decade-plus status quo. But that arguably is a good thing.