Liam Hendriks jersey swaps with Chicago native Max Strus originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
“To Liam, Thank you for choosing to pay it forward with us at W4E. You’re an unbelievable inspiration! Keep going!” Strus wrote on his jersey for Hendriks.
“To Max, K Cancer. Punchin’ tickets,” Hendriks wrote on his jersey for Strus.
Strus, 27, grew up in Hickory Hills, Ill. He attended Stagg High School, Lewis University and DePaul University — all institutions in the Chicagoland area. After being cut by the Boston Celtics his rookie year, he joined the Chicago Bulls on a two-way deal.
He tore his ACL with the Windy City Bulls before signing then after his recovery with the Miami Heat.
Strus spent the last three seasons in Miami. He’s a 3-point specialist and floor hustler. This past season, he averaged 11.5 points on 41% shooting from the field. He helped the Heat to an Eastern Conference championship and an appearance in the NBA Finals.
He dropped 31 points on the Bulls during the final game of the Eastern Conference play-in tournament to send the Bulls packing and put the Heat in the playoffs.
During the offseason, he earned a 4-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers worth $64 million.