Instead of playing against the Chicago Bulls next season, Dwyane Wade, right, is joining them. (Associated Press)

Athletes don’t often appear on daytime television, and they certainly don’t often appear mere hours after making a major career move.

Dwyane Wade did just that. On Thursday morning, he was a guest co-host on “Live with Kelly,” and he addressed his decision to play for the Chicago Bulls.

Wade said he was still numb and that this is all very surreal.

“I’m born and raised in Chicago,” Wade said. “I had a house there until like 2010. I got married again, had to get rid of it because it was a bachelor pad. I’m excited, you know, to go back to the place that I’ve always envisioned playing basketball. Being a kid, you know, Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls was the team for us. And I’ve always envisioned myself being in the backyard, had a Bulls jersey on. Always envisioned Dwyane Wade’s name being called in the United Center and I get the opportunity to live that dream out.”

He also took the opportunity to express his gratitude for the Heat and its fan base.

“I just want to thank all my fans,” Wade said. “We call it Heat Nation just around the world. Just by the way they embraced me. This little shy kid from Chicago, sorry, came from Milwaukee to Miami, and really grew up. And we did some special things together. I didn’t do it by myself. I had so many unbelievable teammates along the way, but our fans, just phenomenal. All the Heat Nation in the world, we even have Heat Nation in New York because I heard some cheers last year.”

Even though Wade clearly had a connection with the Miami fans, the same may not be said for the team’s front office. According to Miami Herald columnist Ethan J. Skolnick, president of the Miami Heat, Pat Riley, never contacted Wade during the free agency process.

More on Wade’s departure:

Wade decides Riley’s way isn’t his way anymore

Grades: Wade to Chicago makes little sense for Bulls