At his Youth Skills Camp in Miami, Dwyane Wade finally addressed his relationship with Miami Heat president Pat Riley.
Surprisingly (especially given the way things were handled this week) Wade was earnest and respectful in his comments on Pat choosing to differentiate between the business and personal side of things. Wade explained:
"There's going to be a lot of stuff that's said about me and Pat," "First and foremost, I love Pat Riley. He's been someone who has been a figurehead in my life since I got drafted here at 21. But at the same time, he has a job to do. He has a different hat to wear. That hat sometimes is not to be my best friend. That hat is to be the president of the organization, and to be a businessman. And it sucks." "Because you love somebody so well, you guys love each other, but the business side comes out,"
"You know? And we have to deal with that. I'm not saying we've hugged and cried and shared tears at this moment. But I love Pat and I will always love Pat. And I know he feels the same way about me."
"But it's the business side, man. He's a tough cookie. I've grown into be a tough one as well. Yeah, we can butt heads at times. I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for what he's been able to do in this game of basketball. I still haven't even scratched the surface of what I hope my impact can be in this game of basketball. I only got 13 years under my belt. He got 13 years times 10 under his belt. So I'm not that guy." "I know I heard a lot of stuff back and forth. I'm never bashing Pat Riley.
I'm never bashing the Miami Heat organization. I'm never saying nothing negative about them, out of my mouth, about them. Does the way that the process goes down, are you angry? Yes. Do you feel a certain way about stuff? Yes. I feel that way about my parents. But I love them to death. And my kids feel the same way about me when I got to punish them and I don't do what they want me to do. But they love me to death. And that's the way I feel about this organization. Like I said, the business side just comes into play sometimes, and it's an ugly, ugly side. But at the end of the day, there's nothing but love from me."
As quoted by the Miami Herald
There has been a hint of regret in Wade's comments on Miami over the last 24 hours, but alas the damage is done. Wade is a member of the Chicago Bulls, but as always he is all class. He will be missed in Miami.