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Pat Riley's Emotional Message After Dwyane Wade's Decision

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Dwyane Wade is gone and he will no longer play for the Miami Heat, the team he's spent his entire professional career with. Instead, he will be wearing a Chicago Bulls uniform next season and there is a chance that he will retire in the Windy City. Heat president Pat Riley was shocked and disappointed after Wade's decision to join the Bulls, and he sent a text message to Dan Le Batard, saying the following...

“SADDDDDDD!!!! SO saddddddd! I will never forget the sixth game in Dallas in 2006. DW rebounded the ball, and threw it to the heavens and the Heat universe was perfect for that moment. Our first world championship. Our universe is not perfect today. It will be fraught with anger, judgment, blame instead of THANK YOU!!! Ten years ago. Ten years older. Ten years wiser. Ten years changed. All of us. Dwyane had a choice, and he made it. He went home. Bad, bad summer for us. But there will be another 10 years, and it will be someone or something else in 2026. Move on with no blood or tears. Just thanks. I truly loved Dwyane, but families grow, change and get on with another life. He will always be a part of us. ALWAYS! And no more bruises and enough fighting. Let’s just fly above it if we can and never forget. I feel his pain and pride for what pushed him over the ledge. Been there. Forever, for always, your coach I will be. FOREVER!”

Riley coached Wade for a few years and he was a coach when #3 led the Miami Heat to their first ever NBA championship in 2006. This was a tough breakup for both sides, and it will take a lot of time for both Wade and the Heat to get over it. However, life goes on and hopefully Wade will have a lot of success in Chicago, just as he had in Miami.


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