It had been nearly two months since the last time Miami Heat team president Pat Riley spoke to the media and he was cool, calm and collected as usual.
First reaction on newly drafted Justise Winslow: "It's a great day for us."
On Winslow's versatility: "Justise can guard four positions. Justise is similar to Draymond Green. He shoots over 40 percent on threes, great rebounder, can bust out on dribbles and go coast to coast."
On Winslow's strong NCAA Tournament: "On the biggest stage he performs at that level as a freshman with no fear of playing on that stage. It's unlimited where this guy can go. What I like about him the most is he's an attacker. He wants to attack the rim."
On his best trait and the team's reaction to drafting him: "His work ethic and the amount of time he spends in June in the weight room. When you're picking 10 but you don't think this kid is even going to be close to you isn't going to drop to you and he drops down, you get some palpitations. Micky and Nick started singing the Duke fight song, whatever it is."
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On second round draft pick, shooting guard Josh Richardson from Tennessee: "We had Josh Richardson on our board in the first round."
On what BOTH players could offer for the Miami Heat next season: "We got two very good athletes, two wing players, at a position we do need to fill. We have two guys who can really defend people and two guys who can score."
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On Dwyane Wade: "We want Dwyane back. There is no doubt about that.... He's been here 12 years. We have cordial conversations with him.
On Wade opting in or testing the free agent market: "When a player has an opportunity to be a free agent, you give him the space and the time to think about that. We love Dwyane. He's probably alongside Alonzo.... Dwyane is a pillar. He has been part of the root structure and foundation of this franchise for 12 years. I know what we can talk about in that sense. You have to give players the space. On July 1, we'll be the first ones he'll get to talk to and we'll go from there."
On Wade possibly feeling disrespected by Riley: "That hasn't been expressed to us. I've read some things. That hasn't been expressed to us, and if it is, it would be a personal conversation with Dwyane and with Micky [Arison] or Nick [Arison] and myself if there are any of those kinds of issues."
On Wade's sacrifice over the years for the team: "Everybody in this organization over the years has sacrificed and I would have to say the one player from that standpoint that has sacrificed a lot for the sake of winning has been him. We're aware of that. We want him back, want him here for the rest of his career. That's obvious. We will try to do everything we can do to make that happen."
On Goran Dragic: "I feel confident this is where he wants to be. He knew how much we gave up for him. He wants to here. He let me know that in the exit meeting. There hasn't been any discussion."
On possible Heat's free agent departures and the team structure next season: "I'm not a pessimist when it comes to that. We have a lot to offer here with all of our free agents, not just Dwyane but Goran and Luol too. I don't think we're a 10th pick in the draft team with the kind of roster we can put together if healthy and contend in the East. I think they're aware of that. Players want to win. I want all of them to come back. I would like to be able to make a deal with all of these players and keep the team we built last year together and we'll find that out July 1."
On reports he will try to trade off contracts (Chris Andersen and Mario Chalmers) so he can pay Wade and Goran Dragic: "No, not really any truth to that. We like the team we have. We don't like to add by subtraction.This is also a business as much as it is about basketball. But right now, we're not actively doing anything but getting ready for July 1."
So what do we do till July 1st Pat?: "I think everyone should just chill a little bit and wait until July 1."
Good to see the team president talking rationally while I incessantly worry and exhaust myself working on the ESPN Trade Machine just to find some way to keep Dwyane Wade here until he retires.
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