Wade said he has no hard feelings toward Riley, the guy who makes the roster calls with the Heat, that it was just business that sent him packing.
But lest you think those two have come together and sung Kumbaya, know that Wade and Riley have yet to speak, as reported by Vincent Goodwill at CSNChicago.com.
He insists there’s no hurt feelings with the Miami Heat franchise he became synonymous with, though he hasn’t spoken to Heat president Pat Riley since his departure — the only member of the franchise he hasn’t spoken with since free agency started, as one could say Riley is the sole reason Wade is wearing Bulls red as opposed to Heat red.
“I’ve kept in touch from everybody there besides Pat. From the owners on down,” Wade said. “It’s nothing but respect, and I have no hard feelings. I understand what Pat is, he’s a competitor. I’ve been knowing him for 13 years so I expect no different.
“People might not believe me, but I have no hard feelings toward Pat. Everything happened the way it was supposed to happen, everything happens for a reason, so I’m fine.”
Consider this reminder 1,673,947 the NBA is a cold, hard business.
It worked out for Wade. He likes being in home Chicago, where the Bulls are shooting 35.9 percent from three, have the third-best offense in the NBA so far at 110.2 points per 100 possessions, and look like real threat to make the playoffs if they can stay healthy (the team is 4-3 to start but playing better than that). Miami, on the other hand, is stumbling out of the gate.
Not that Wade is going to gloat when the Bulls return to Miami Thursday night. But it might be a good night to have him on your fantasy roster.