Without a doubt, Dwyane Wade is the greatest player in Miami Heat franchise history. He’s also a part-owner of the Utah Jazz. It’s not a weird arrangement especially if one asks Pat Riley.
In an appearance on “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz,” the Heat godfather stressed Wade’s value to the franchise despite moving his allegiance from South Beach to Salt Lake City.
“Whatever Dwyane decides to do with the rest of his life in the NBA or whatever he does in Los Angeles, in other investment or personality situations, I’m happy as hell. He was offered the opportunity to be part-owner in a franchise and congrats to him.”
Wade’s lofty perch in Miami’s Mount Olympus will not be questioned. He brought three titles to the organization as the Heat’s most decorated player ever. Riley even coached the superstar shooting guard in their 2006 title conquest.
The relationship between these two will never be tarnished no matter what path they choose to embark on in the future.
If the Jazz and Heat end up seeing each other in the NBA Finals, it would be a win-win situation for Riley and Wade’s friendship. It’s not a farfetched possibility either. The Jazz have flourished to become the best regular-season team this season. Meanwhile, the Heat are still reeling off their first-round sweep at the hands of the Bucks but they have the pieces to contend in the East for years to come.
For now, Riley will have to settle cheering for Wade’s squad as they remain in the hunt for the Larry O’Brien trophy.