Pat Riley wants us to think he is so sad about Dwyane Wade leaving Heat
You know the kid who ignores his new pet snake for weeks and then can't believe it died? That's Pat Riley — or at least that's what he wants us to think. The H
You know the kid who ignores his new pet snake for weeks and then can't believe it died? That's Pat Riley — or at least that's what he wants us to think.
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"What happened with Dwyane floored me," Riley said in a news conference Sunday, via The Miami Herald. "And I'm going to miss the fact of what I might have had planned for him and his future and how I saw the end and my thought process in how I could see his end here with the Heat. You are what you think. It's my responsibility to sort of make that happen. I didn't make it happen. Dwyane left and the buck stops here."
Yet, if numerous reports are to be believed, Riley never called Wade himself. He never bumped up his offer to match the Bulls'. He rejected center Hassan Whiteside's offer to take less if it meant Wade could return. So that makes all of these sentiments feel ... flat.
Either Riley wants us to believe he never saw this coming, even as everyone in the NBA world became more and more aware it could, or he wants us to believe he didn't have the foresight to realize his team now likely will start Josh Richardson at shooting guard. This from one of the NBA's best team-builders, who presents himself with Godfather-like authority at most chances.
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"I have great regret I didn't put myself in the middle of it and immerse myself in the middle of it and get in a canoe and paddle to the Mediterranean if I had to, be in New York when he arrived on the 6th and greet him at the airport," Riley said, via The Herald. "I wasn't there in the middle of the negotiation, and that's my job."
No, these sentiments, especially that one, have the feel of a man who recognizes that Heat fans are going through a lot of emotions right now and wants to seem like he is facing those same emotions. Riley knew Wade and Goran Dragic did not mesh in their first year-and-a-half together. He knew Wade's contract would eat up valuable salary cap space next summer. He made an executive decision to avoid doing what the Lakers did with Kobe Bryant, keeping the legendary shooting guard at any cost.
That's fine. No team will ever be better because it does not have Dwyane Wade, and the 34-year-old was Miami's best player during the postseason. But with Chris Bosh's health concerns already hanging over the Heat's future, Riley may have wanted to turn his concerns to the future and to ensuring the two mostly unprotected first-round draft picks (in 2018 and 2021) that he gave up for Dragic aren't for naught.
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Unless he really was blindsided. In that case, maybe he needs to join Twitter or something.