Pat Riley Rumors
In a letter emailed Thursday night to Miami Heat season-ticket holders to coincide with the release of the team’s 2016-17 schedule and also posted on the team’s website, Heat owner Micky Arison hinted at a return by All-Star forward Chris Bosh while focusing on where the franchise stands. Toward the close of the email, Arison wrote: “What won’t change is the culture of this organization. The Miami HEAT is a Championship organization. I fully expect this team, from Pat Riley to Head Coach Erik Spoelstra, to our veterans Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Goran Dragic and Josh McRoberts, to our returning young core of Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson, to the fresh faces joining the HEAT Family to continue our mantra of being the ‘hardest working, best conditioned, most professional, unselfish, toughest, meanest, nastiest team in the NBA.’ ”
For his part, Wade left his breakup with Miami in the past, and confirmed he and Pat Riley never had communication during free agency, that he only held negotiations with Micky and Nick Arison. “They’re the ones cutting the check,” he said. For Riley and Miami, this was a change of direction – away from the Heat’s longtime franchise cornerstone and toward younger players.
Ira Winderman: Wade, on his 2010 free agency, “There’s a notion out there for some how, some way I used the Bulls for leverage.”