I saw it on my Twitter feed this afternoon and knew exactly what it was: "Dwyane Wade says he'll stay with Miami Heat if team returns to title contention." It was the returning shot to Pat Riley's opening negotiation salvo last month. You won't rebuild unless you get a commitment from me? Well, I won't resign unless I get a commitment from you. Here are his direct words via the Associated Press:
"I'm going to listen. I owe the Miami Heat that much. I'm going to listen to what they have to say and I'm going to think about it. But right now, the way I feel, I want to make sure that we're on track to where I want us to be on track to before I sign back."While this has been the "money quote" of the day from Flash, I think the more telling quote came this morning on ESPN's First Take (scroll to the bottom of the post to see the whole interview). While speaking to Jeannine Edwards, he said the following:
"You see Cleveland really putting themselves in a position to have LeBron win a championship now, they're not waiting. And bringing Shaq over there really puts them right there to where they need to be."This is a direct shot at Riley, who literally said he's going to wait to rebuild until he gets the commitment. If the AP quote shows Wade's intentions, the First Take quote shows Wade's feelings. They're real, they're powerful and they seem to be indicating a drift away from South Florida. As I've said before and I'll say again, it's July 2009. We have almost a year until this really matters. Everyone keep your pants on and enjoy the nice weather. But do keep in mind that we've entered the serious season of this saga. Keep your ears to the ground.