Heat’s Pat Riley has sent email to Dwyane Wade: ‘There has been a reach out on my part’

 

 

Dwyane Wade with Pat Riley after the Heat selected Wade with the No. 5 pick in the 2003 draft. (AP Photo)

Dwyane Wade with Pat Riley after the Heat selected Wade with the No. 5 pick in the 2003 draft.
(AP Photo)

MIAMI – Heat president Pat Riley said tonight that he has sent the most discussed e-mail in sports to Dwyane Wade and that there has been a “reach out” on his part.

“Absolutely,” he said. “I had it for six weeks and I hit send. I won’t tell you when. I had my wife read it before I sent it.

“I was happy as hell with it. Don’t make a big deal of it. I hope it’s just kept between he and I and there doesn’t have to be an explanation or discussion about it.”

Wade acknowledged before tonight’s game he received emails from Riley but still has not spoken to Riley. Wade is facing the Heat for the first time since signing with Bulls in July.

“I haven’t spoken to him since I got in the building,” Wade said. “I haven’t really had time. I did look at my emails today and I got email’s from him. I haven’t had time to read them yet. I’ll take time on the phone somewhere to read them.”

Wade then said in his eyes there there is no bad blood between he and Riley.

Wade told reporters on Wednesday he had not spoken to Riley since last season ended. In July, Wade, who played his first 13 seasons in Miami, signed with his hometown Chicago Bulls for two years, $47 million after rejecting the Heat’s two-year, $40 million offer.

“I think you guys know, I haven’t talked to him,” Wade said Wednesday. “Simple as that. I think I’ve been very open and honest about my respect and love for Pat. But I’ve also been honest that I haven’t spoken to him since the season ended.

“I know who Pat is. It’s no secret to me. I was there 13 years. I seen a lot of players come and go. I know how he is. If you’re not with him, you’re against him. That’s just the way he is. You got to understand that, man. I’m cool with it. I’m fine. 100 percent.”

The last time Wade was asked about the e-mail was seven weeks ago, at his community bike ride in Coconut Grove. At that time he said he had not received it.

“There has been a reach out on my part,” Riley said tonight. “Very poignant. I hope he gets it.”

Riley said he would have “conversations” with Wade “three times the whole summer,” when he was Wade’s coach. “Hello. How you doing? That was about it.”

He also said he’s send him three letters each summer.

“Is your ass in shape? Is it in better shape? It better be in great shape,” Riley said.

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