Regrets. He’s had a few. Then again, too few to mention.
Even at age 71, Pat Riley is not a guy who spends a lot of time looking in the rear view mirror. He’s looking forward and he likes is optimistic about the future of his Miami Heat. He has no regrets about the past. Well, save for how the Dwyane Wade thing went down.
“No apologies, no regrets – except for one – no tears,” Riley told me today, obviously referring to losing franchise icon Dwyane Wade to the Chicago Bulls. “Good luck. We move on. Players come and go, but franchises move on.”
Was Riley channeling Jerry Reinsdorf with that last statement?
Franchises do move on — but they don’t win without the right players. The Heat don’t have thier rings without Wade, Shaq, and LeBron James. The Spurs aren’t the Spurs without Tim Duncan, no matter how great their management has been. Red Auerbach isn’t remembered the same way in Boston without Bill Russell and Bob Cousy. The game of basketball is such that the elite players have a massive impact on the outcome of a game, more than a quarterback or a clean-up hitter.
This time, moving on for the Heat may not be quite as smooth.