Wade ready to dish out tough love in Bulls locker room

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CHICAGO - Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg is more than pleased with the influx of veteran leadership.

He characterized Friday's practice as the most competitive in two years thanks, in large part, to guys like Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade.

Bulls' veteran big man, Taj Gibson, provided some elaboration.

"The coaching staff really doesn't need to say much because before you know it, every time I turn around D-Wade is stopping the play and he's cussing guys out as well," remarked Gibson. "It's great and our young guys are understanding it. They're still in here early. They're staying late. They understand what we need to do and that's really good for us."

Wade responded to those claims today.

"I wouldn't say cussing out. I'd say getting my point across," Wade smiled. "Tough love, but good love. I will stop practice if I see something. We have to police each other. I want people to do the same thing to me. There are certain times that I need to be better and you'll hear Rondo say something or Jimmy say something to me. I want it to be like that with everybody. I don't want it to just be us three always talking. I want everyone to feel confident that they can maybe not yell at everybody, but pull a guy aside and say, "Hey D, you should have been there on this and blah, blah, blah.' We want to get everyone comfortable with that. I've been around a long time. If I see something that I think we can nip it in the bud early, I'm going to nip it in the bud."

The Bulls hit the court for their first preseason game on Monday against the Milwaukee Bucks.