It’s well documented that Dwyane Wade didn’t have the most ceremonious departure from the Miami Heat with Pat Riley lowballing him on a contract. It has led to much coverage of the entire situation over the last couple of months. In light of that, Wade recently the Chicago Tribune a shocking detail about his current standing with Riley.
“I know who Pat is. It’s no secret to me,” Wade said following Wednesday’s morning shootaround at Phillips Arena. “If you’re not with him, you’re against him. That’s just the way he is. You gotta understand that, man.
“I’m cool with it. I’m fine, 100 percent. I was there 13 years. I’ve seen a lot of video tributes. I’ve seen a lot of players come in and go out. And I’ve seen the way he has responded to them. And I know if you’re not with him, you’re against him.”
Obviously, Wade has no harsh feeling over the entire situation and understands fully the mentality that Riley has having spent the first 13 years of his career with the Heat. Riley has the old school mind frame of “us against the world” when it comes to his team. Although he has a strong relationship with Wade, he’s no different in that regard as he’s no longer a part of the organization.
At the end of the day, it’s a business with each team competing against each other for a title. There is a clear understanding of how Riley operates. This all makes for a very interesting homecoming for Wade later this season.