Pat Riley had an incredible heartfelt response to Dwyane Wade's decision to leave Miami

Dwyane Wade on Signing with Chicago Bulls

Dwyane Wade shocked the NBA world on Wednesday night when it was reported that he will leave the Miami Heat and sign a 2-year, $47 million contract with the Chicago Bulls.

While the move by the 34-year-old is not going to dramatically impact the balance of power in the Eastern Conference, it is a blow to the Miami Heat who have now lost the face of their franchise. Meanwhile, Wade is leaving the only NBA team he has ever played for and returning to his hometown.

There were reports that the things had gotten ugly between the Heat and Wade. Chris Broussard of ESPN reported that Wade and Riley were not even talking to each other during the negotiations. However, when reached for comment after Wade decided to sign with the Bulls, Riley sounded anything but angry.

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According to Dan Le Batard of the Miami Herald, Riley was "too raw" to talk about the decision at length. However, when asked how he was feeling, he had a great, heartfelt response that expressed mostly sadness. Here is what Riley wrote to Le Batard via text:

"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!"

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The Heat are now in dire straits. They missed out on the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, lost Luol Deng in free agency, and are not sure what they can expect from Chris Bosh who missed the second half of this past season because of a bloodcot. Now they have lost Wade without getting anything in return.

Riley is widely regarded as a recruiting mastermind and the Heat will eventually rebound. But for now, they are going to have find a way to piece together a roster without the one player that was the common link to all three of the franchise's championships.



Best and worst NBA nicknames
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Best and worst NBA nicknames

10th Worst: The Brow

Straight forward and to the point – but where’s the creativity?

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10th Best: Vinsanity, The Truth, Big Ticket, Black Mamba

We reserve this spot for those who are still technically active, but whose personas retired long ago.

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9th Worst: Flash

More akin to the dying Adobe Flash than the speedy superhero The Flash, Dwyane Wade has had more than a few nicknames try and stick -- but we aren’t buying any of them.

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9th Best: Uncle Drew

Kyrie Irving’s commercial-inspired character has turned into quite the persona, and as long as he continues to shine on and off the court, we’re willing to keep calling him ‘Uncle Drew.’

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8th Worst: Polish Hammer

This just sounds strange.

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7th Worst: Will the Thrill

A recent (and very flat) dunk contest appearance by Will Barton has us already sick and tired of trying to make this one work. Sorry, Will, it’s not happening. Try “Barton Fink” next time?

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7th Best: Birdman

Once Shaq started shouting his name out loud, we could not help but do it too. BIRDMAN BIRDMAN.

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6th Best: Maple Jordan

This little-known but amazing nickname needs to blow up. It just has to.

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5th Worst: S.T.A.T (Standing Tall And Talented)

This is not a shortened version of his name, this is actually a really lame acronym that Amar'e made up. No, really.

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5th Best: Video Game Dame

A very underrated nickname, Lillard pulls off moves that can only be done in NBA2K, hence the moniker ‘Video Game Dame.’

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4th Worst: Gold Dragon

See “Polish Hammer.” This one just sounds strange.

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4th Best: King James

Classic, but tough to argue with. Not to mention, something that's stuck for more than a dozen years.

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3rd Worst: CP3/D12/KP6

Can we stop the lazy and uninspiring trend of just simply taking someone’s initials and/or jersey number and making that a nickname? No other sport does this, and for good reason. It’s dumb.

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3rd Best: Dr. Doom

Here is the pitch for this one: a tall super genius from eastern Europe comes and takes over New York, becoming a worldwide sensation, and is feared by his rivals. Sound familiar?

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2nd Worst: Swaggy P

Let us repeat: Do. Not. Try. To. Create. Your. Own. Nickname. Especially here, where the “P” doesn’t stand for anything logical.

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2nd Best: Slim Reaper

Despite Kevin Durant not accepting this as his official nickname, it’s still amazing.

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The Worst: The Servant

In an interview, he said he wanted to be called “The Servant," because of his selflessness as a teammate. This not only breaks the golden rule of coming up with your own nickname, but it’s also a pathetic attempt. Just stick to “Durantula” or “Slim Reaper.” Those are monumentally better, Kevin.

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The Best: Greek Freak

We stopped calling him by his real name. That’s how good (and convenient) this nickname is. He is just the Greek Freak now, plain and simple.

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