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Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade responds to possibility of taking over for Pat Riley
- Updated: September 23, 2020
“Asked if championship success could bring the Riley era to a close after a quarter century of stewardship of the Heat, Wade said on 790-The Ticket that he sees the 75-year-old icon as game for more,” wrote Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
“’I don’t think so,’ Wade said of Riley moving on after a potential fourth championship under his Heat watch this postseason. ‘I think we’re going to have to roll him out.’
“’Look, I’ve heard him say a lot of things over my time. 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 had a full NBA career during which he has been there and done that.
He won an NBA championship as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1972, then became an assistant coach in the 1979-80 season and picked up a second ring that season.
Two years later, he started a legendary career as a head coach that earned him four NBA titles with L.A. and one with the Heat in 2006.
Wade isn’t sure who would succeed Riley, although he feels that the organization should find someone from within.
“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 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.”
Wade quickly shot down any chance of succeeding Riley in the front office himself by giving one simple reason.
“I live in California, man,” he said. “I’m out here right now.”
Even if the Heat lose to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, their future looks extremely bright, no matter who is manning their front office.