Pat Riley Rumors
HoopsHype: In an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio, Antoine Walker had some criticism for Pat Riley and the Heat for the way they handled the Dwyane Wade situation last summer: “I think the situation with Dwyane Wade rubbed a lot of superstars the wrong way, to let Dwyane Wade walk out the door. I think Dwyane Wade played excellent last year. I think he played good enough where he could have deserved a big-time contract. It was a no-brainer. He was healthy pretty much the whole season.”
Pat Riley: If we ever had to do it again — and Andy (Elisburg, the Heat’s Senior VP of Basketball Operations and General Manager) bang our fists on the table — if we ever had to do it again, when LeBron left (in 2014), we should have given Chris the max, and Dwyane the max. And that was it. Instead of trying to say to Dwayne, I want to get another guy for you, but you have to sacrifice. And that was wrong. I should have given him — we should have given him — that then. Now, that’s a big second guess. But that’s on me. If I could have pushed that, and I could have pushed that. But I didn’t. I said we need to get more talent for him. But somebody was going to sacrifice. Like I said before, it doesn’t matter what happens to you, it’s how you deal with it. And we’re dealing with it. He’s dealing with it.
Me: I’m sure his jersey’s going up in the rafters. Any idea when? Pat Riley: I think you have to wait until after they retire. I really do think. Four years ago when I talked to Dwyane he said, ‘Coach, I’m going to play two more years. That’s it. I’m done.’ ‘Cause he was getting hurt and all that stuff. Now I read where he said he wants to play until he’s 40. That would be five, six years from now. We’re saving a spot for him up there. He’s just a special, special player, and he’s been a special player for this franchise. There’s a great line in the book ‘Liar’s Poker.’ The guy who was the very, very best always said ‘okay, I’ll play you one game. Ten million. No tears and no regrets.’ The guy that wanted to play him went back and sat in his stall, ‘cause he didn’t want to play for $10 million. Dwyane would have played for $10 million. He was that kind of guy. He’d go for it. He’d go for the win. That’s why I think we had an affinity for each other. He knows how I was when I coached him, and he knows how we are as an organization. Regardless of what people think about us, we’re rebuilding and he knows we’re going to do it the right way.
Pat Riley: To make a long story short, we had a history with Hassan because we really liked him. And we scouted him and we looked at him and we followed him. So when he came back after his sojourn around the world, and went to the NBDL and put up those numbers, and we brought him in, then we sent him back. And when we sent him back he had 40 and 28, or whatever it was. We said ‘get him back here.’ But then there was this one-day contract he signed with Memphis, because they didn’t have enough players. They said they were going to waive him the next day. And I said, ‘we lost him.’ When he signed with them, I said, we’ve lost this guy. But they cut him. And we picked him up and signed him.
Riley admitted to David Aldridge of TNT he made a mistake. Here is what Aldridge said during the broadcast Thursday night. “Riley told me before the game that, if he had to do it over again, in the summer of 2014, after LeBron James left and went back to Cleveland, we should have given Wade a max deal as well as Chris Bosh, as the team did. ‘That was wrong. I should have, we should have given him that. That’s a big second-guess, but that’s on me.’”