Pat Riley Criticizing Wade?
Dwyane Wade will become a free-agent this off season and it looks like the future of Miami depends on the success of their team this season. The Heat are currently 13-12 and third in the south east division. Wade is averaging 26.6 PPG, 6.2 APG, and 5.0 RPG, all of which are lower than his numbers last year. Pat Riley had some choice words for the Heat's star player a few weeks back.
``He's not there right now,'' Riley said. ``So I get out of my president's chair and into my coaching chair -- I know he'll probably say I'm nitpicking. His efficiency is down. We'll address what it is we can do to help you maintain that lean, mean scoring machine you were a year ago.''
Pat, are you kidding me? I have the utmost respect for Pat Riley and Dwyane Wade, but can you really knock your star player when the team is losing? He scoring is only down four points from last year, and both his assists and rebounding are down an insignificant amount. Hey Pat, how about saying something to the rest of the team? Lebron proved in 2007 you can't win a championship by yourself. I just can't fathom knocking your star player when he is averaging over 25 points per game.
Also, is it me or did Pat Riley do absolutely nothing this off season to satisfy Wade. Not only did they not make any moves, but they gave up some of their talent. Not just because this is a Jamario Moon fan blog, but they really didn't replace him on the defensive end.
If the Heat don't make an impressive run in the postseason, I could easily see Dwyane rocking a Bulls or Knicks jersey. I could also see him playing with Chris Bosh, another star stranded on a team with talent without any success.
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