FIRE PAT RILEY NOW
As a Miami Heat lifer and original season ticket holder, I will always root for the home team. But Dwyane Wade bolting for Chicago is Pat Riley’s biggest fuck-up. If the Miami Heat were one of team owner Micky Arison’s cruise ships, the franchise just hit an iceberg. It’s time for Arison to fire the Godfather. Riley’s resume doesn’t mean shit to the player who brought the franchise three world championships.
Pat should have put some respect on Wade’s name. Instead, Riley started the free agency period by lowballing the Heat’s all-time player in just about every category with a $10 million a year offer. Inside sources told me Riley’s initial offer was actually $2 million lower than what the press reported.
When Riley was unable to close the deal with Kevin Durant, all of sudden the Heat had $20 million a year to give Wade. Yet, the team was still $10 million short even though Wade has never been the highest paid Heat player even though he is an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. Wade did nothing but make sacrifices for the Heat. And Riley shows his gratitude by embarrassing Wade.
Once Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors, Riley should have found a way to pay Wade whatever he wanted. Wade’s stock rose considerably once Durant was off the table. He was the only marquee free agent left. Dwyane Wade is Miami’s Kobe Bryant. He is the reason people still filled the stands at American Airlines Arena.
The difference is that Wade still has some game left in him. Kobe could barely get on the court his last two years. In 2014, Ruiley pissed off Lebrone James and gave him the motivation to go home to Cleveland and win a championship. Now, he’s let the greatest player to wear a Heat uniform return to his hometown as well.
Despite all Riley’s talk about family, Wade knew there was no loyalty there. Why the fuck would he come back? It’s time to give Pat his pink slip. It’s either that or tell Alonzo Mourning to suit up and get back on the court. twitter unclelukereal1