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Wade not planning for Riley to coach

Posted on: June 14, 2010 1:45 am

BOSTON -- Dwyane Wade sat courtside Sunday night for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, a stage that he desperately wants to revisit. His coach in the 2006 Finals, Pat Riley, recently floated the idea that, if asked, he wouldn't rule out a return to the bench. Wade, for one, isn't planning for such a comeback.

"That’s just something that was said," Wade said after the Celtics beat the Lakers 92-86 to take a 3-2 lead in the Finals. "That’s not anything we’re concentrating on right now in Miami."

Wade said Riley hasn't spoken with him recently about his plans for next season, when it is believed that a request from a marquee free agent would prompt Riley to come down from the executive suite and replace the highly regarded but ringless Erik Spoelstra on the sideline.

"Right now, Spo’s the coach and that’s what I plan for going forward," Wade said.

Wade, one of the top free agents of the frenzied summer that will begin in earnest July 1, prefaced his willingness to answer questions in the hallway leading to the locker rooms with the following caveat: "As long as it's not about free agency." But Wade did confirm a report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that he spoke last week in Los Angeles with fellow prospective free agents Chris Bosh and Joe Johnson.

"We’re just friends," Wade said. "Just like you talk to your friends, we’re all friends and we all communicate."

Though Wade said he hasn't begun the recruiting process to help lure another star to Miami, the notion of Riley returning to coach could be a big draw. Of the teams with the most cap space to chase free agents, the Nets (Avery Johnson) and Bulls (Tom Thibodeau) have committed to new coaches. The Knicks already have Mike D'Antoni, who is close to several top free agents from his time as an assistant for Mike Krzyzewski with Team USA. The Clippers are holding out hope that they could lure Larry Brown or Phil Jackson, and the Cavs have made a five-year, $30 million play for the top name in college coaching, Tom Izzo.

For now, in Wade's mind, Riley should be excluded from that list. Just know that recruiting season hasn't really begun yet.  


Since: Jun 16, 2010
Posted on: June 20, 2010 1:39 am

Wade not planning for Riley to coach


Everything you said, is correct. NBA is owned by players like Wade, and let's not forget about the Ultimate Rigg Man: The Stern. Him and Vince McMahn have one thing in common: fixing matches.

Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: June 15, 2010 9:51 am

Wade not planning for Riley to coach

Wow, I massacred the spelling. It's paraphernalia

Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: June 15, 2010 9:42 am

Wade not planning for Riley to coach

Granted, they're in L.A., the Lakers dominate the market. The fan base around the country or the world for that matter cheers for the Lakers and buys Laker paraphenalia. I'm living in China and most fans are either Rocket or Laker fans. The revenue that the Clippers is puny compared to that of the Lakers.

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2010 5:34 pm

Wade not planning for Riley to coach

This is why the NBA is sinking to the bottom of professional sportsL

D. Wade and stars like him are actually running the franchises.  D. Wade decides who is going to coach the Heat.  Pat Riley and Eric Spoelstra are his puppets.  This is the same player who is going through a nasty divorce, custody hearings, and at least 4 lawsuits by ex-business partners but he somehow is allowed to call all the shots for an NBA franchise.

D. Wade and stars like him scowl at a few referees and he gets the phantom calls the rest of the night.

Hall of Fame college coach Tom Izzo wants to coach in the NBA but has to get the OK from LBJ first.

Gilbert Arenas acts like a clown for several years but only gets admonished after bringing guns into the locker room and somehow is only suspended for the year and will be back with the same franchise next year.

Eddy Curry is supporting 17 people but hasn't played in more than 8 games in almost 3 years.

Antoine Walker is bankrupt and facing jail after making over 75 million in less than 9 years in the NBA.

Allen Iverson quit the NBA and his wife is divoricing him because he'd rather gamble than come to practice then pouts when asked to come off the bench.

Tim Donaghue spills the beans about game fixing by referees that was obvious to fans for years and we're sold some swampland story about him being a rogue referee.

The best team in the league - the Celtcs, have a captain who is known for exaggerating injuries to the point of being taken off in a wheel chair before miraclously re-appearing in the game a few minutes later.

The NBA - You can't make this shit up!!!

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2010 1:16 pm

Wade not planning for Riley to coach

Smaller Market?  The clippers play in L.A.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2010 11:56 am

Wade not planning for Riley to coach

Spoelstra is more than capable of being a head coach. I respect Pat Riley, but I hope these NBA free agents considering Miami aren't so naive to not come to Miami because they think Spoelstra is incapable of leading them to a ring. Spoelstra is young, but a solid, respectable coach.

Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: June 14, 2010 10:50 am

Wade not planning for Riley to coach

Hmm, while I admit that Lebron going to a smaller market team in the Clippers will be a welcome change, I think you already know that's not going to happen.

Since: May 14, 2010
Posted on: June 14, 2010 10:16 am

Wade not planning for Riley to coach

I think that if the worst owner of any pro team in any league would sell then the Clippers could be interesting. They have some young talent from the lottery and if they could sign Lebron it might make for a team to watch in LA besides the Lakers. I like new teams in the playoffs and it would be fun to watch the Clippers.

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