Heat legend Dwyane Wade responds to possibility of taking over for Pat Riley
Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade is not interested in taking the reins from Pat Riley when he finally decides to retire as president of the team.
At 75 years of age, Riley is one of the older presidents in the NBA. Despite this fact, Wade feels that Riley is up for more:
“No,” Wade said of Riley moving on after a potential fourth championship under his Heat watch this postseason, via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “I think we’re going to have to roll him out.
“Look, I’ve heard him say a lot of things over my time,” Wade added of Riley. “He said he wanted to build a team to get back to the championship. I see Riley just being there. That doesn’t mean someone else won’t eventually come in.”
Riley has done a fantastic job in his tenure with the Heat, winning championships in 2006, 2012 and 2013. This season, Miami is right back in the postseason hunt, as they’re currently leading the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals by a count of two games to one.
For Wade, there is no clear successor to Riley:
“Like, who’s next?” Wade said. “Who’s going to be the next person to be president of the team? They got to get to that point where they start molding somebody. Because I don’t think the Heat they’re going to bring anybody in from the outside. So it has to be somebody inside.
“So who’s next? I don’t know if they’re molded someone yet or not.”
Even if Riley was to step down at some point, Wade believes he would still be closely involved with the Heat. And, again, it seems Wade is not interested in taking over:
“I live in California, man,” Wade said. “I’m out here right now.”
“Coaching is totally out of here,” Wade added. “But even when it comes to president, you’ve got to learn that business. I can text Riley and say, ‘Hey, I like this player. You should look at him.’
“This goes way bigger than that. You’ve got to know so much about the business. As players, we don’t know about all that. I don’t want that life right now.”
For now, it sounds like Wade is enjoying his post-NBA life. Perhaps the 13-time All-Star will consider taking a position with the Heat at some point. He may not be totally familiar with the business side of the league, but there is no doubt that his basketball IQ would lend itself to any team.