Dwyane Wade hasn’t spoken to Miami Heat President Pat Riley since he left for Chicago, and the 12-time All-Star opened up about his former colleague.
Wade told the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson that Riley’s acknowledgment — or lack thereof — of his departure is nothing new, and it’s how he operates whenever players leave.
I know who Pat is. It’s no secret to me. If you’re not with him, you’re against him. That’s just the way he is. You gotta understand that, man. I’m cool with it. I’m fine, 100 percent. I was there 13 years. I’ve seen a lot of video tributes. I’ve seen a lot of players come in and go out. And I’ve seen the way he has responded to them. And I know if you’re not with him, you’re against him.
Riley, a three-time Coach of the Year and eight-time world champion, will be seeing Wade for the first time following his signing with Chicago when the Bulls travel to Miami for a Thursday contest at American Airlines Arena.
Flash spent 13 seasons with the Heat organization and Riley was there every step of the way. After 12 All-Star appearances, three championships, and eight All-NBA teams, Riley wasn’t deeply involved in negotiations, and Wade elected to sign a two-year, $47 million contract to return to his hometown of Chicago.
The Bulls have gotten off to a stellar start, winning their first three games before dropping three in a row. A 32-point waxing of the Orland Magic returned them to an above .500 record and Wade is their second leading scorer (16.9), and tied with Jimmy Butler for first in three-point shooting (43.5 percent; among players with at least 15 attempts).
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