Dwyane Wade says he ‘needed’ Pat Riley and Heat’s guidance to begin his career
During an awesome one-on-one interview with NBA legend and current TNT personality Kevin Garnett, Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade says he “needed” Pat Riley and Miami’s guidance to begin his NBA career.
Garnett says before Wade got to the Heat in 2003, players didn’t want to come to Miami because of how crazy Pat Riley worked guys. D-Wade, though, says he needed that type of craziness and support system because his mother and father were going through their own personal struggles and he didn’t have anyone to lean on as a rookie.
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Dwyane Wade became a superstar in the NBA in just his second season in the league, as “Flash” averaged 24.1 points per game and made the All-Star team.
Wade’s rise in the league continued under the watchful eye of Riley, as the Chicago native and the Heat became an Eastern Conference contender after acquiring big man Shaquille O’Neal in the summer of 2004.
The Heat won the 2006 championship over the Dallas Mavericks. It was Riley’s last ring as a head coach. Wade won Finals MVP and established himself as the best shooting guard in the NBA.
We always hear this term “Heat Culture.” Pat Riley, who is now the president of the Heat, has a rigorous workout program down in South Beach. You often hear players say they get into the best shape of their lives when they sign with the Heat.
From the looks of it, Riley and Wade were a perfect match.