Skip to main content

"Pat comes in. Everyone’s quiet"


It's the stuff of legend by now. The Pat Riley pitch that brings so many players to Miami. His most prized accomplishment as a GM? The Big 3 in Miami.

In a recent episode of The Knuckleheads podcast, Dwayne Wade talked about ending up with LeBron and Bosh on the Miami team. They talked about joining forces, and their first choice was Chicago.

Chicago was on top of both of our lists. They had two max contracts and they had a young [Derrick] Rose. They had a Luol Deng, they had [Joakim] Noah, they had all these pieces. So I’m like, ‘In Chicago, in one of the biggest markets?

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Then they looked around, and New York caught their eye. We got a glimpse of this when they referenced MSG this season, saying goodbye in their final matchup. Almost any superstars entertain the idea of making it in NYC.

But listen, then we looked at New York. And when it came down to it, Miami was the only team with enough money to get all three of us. Every other team only had two [max contracts]. When it came down to it, we thought CB was the perfect match. And ultimately bro, I just wanted to win.

They did the math, but it still required for Chris Bosh to agree. From the get-go it was apparent Bosh would be the third string, the one that sacrifices the most in regards to touches and style of play. It is the nature of the position he plays and the reality of the two other alphas he was considering joining up. In his Player's Tribune story, Bosh vividly remembered the meeting.

Pat comes in. Everyone’s quiet. We shake hands and sit down. With the other teams, the pitches all took a similar format: They’d show their PowerPoint, swipe through some photos on an iPad. You know, like: Here you are in a photoshopped Nets uniform. [Swipe.] Or, Here you are on a giant photoshopped poster in front of the United Center. [Swipe.] That whole deal.

Pat goes, ‘All right, Chris — let me tell you something. I’ll make it simple.’ He says the Heat have enough cap space to bring in me and LeBron, and also to keep Dwyane. Then he takes off his suit jacket, rolls up his sleeves, and empties something on the table. HAHA! It’s a straight-up bagful of championship rings. Rolling around on the conference table, right in front of us. And then Pat looks at me, looks at my dad, and he says, “This right here ... this is what it’s about, guys.

A bag of championship rings does sound better than a photoshopped PowerPoint presentation. Thus, the Big 3 was born.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson responds to Chris Broussard dissing Toronto

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson responds to Chris Broussard dissing Toronto - “Canadians love you like you grew up there… he’s tripping”

Broussard believes that playing in Toronto is different than playing in American, but Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who spent a season in Toronto, thinks that Broussard doesn’t know what he’s talking about

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving and forward Kevin Durant

5 duos that played more games than Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving did

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving spent 3 years together and yet these 5 duo's still played together more than they did.

Milwaukee Bucks center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"Cultural differences" — The real reason why Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wanted out of Milwaukee

Interestingly, the Los Angeles Lakers were Kareem's third choice on his list of preferred teams.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James

“Quit jogging and sh*t and get a fuc***g layup!” — when LeBron James scolded a teammate for being lazy

Often labeled as lacking a killer instinct, LeBron showed he has no patience for anything but effort and excellence from his teammates.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kobe Bryant

“Dude it worked, your advice worked!” — Kyrie Irving first called Kobe Bryant after winning the 2016 championship

After the Clevland Cavaliers won their first title in franchise history, Kyrie Irving's first call was to Kobe Bryant, straight from the locker room. The craziest part - Kobe almost didn't pick up.

Jeanie Buss admits missing Kobe Bryant: Honestly, he was the greatest Laker ever

Jeanie Buss admits missing Kobe Bryant: "Honestly, he was the greatest Laker ever"

As rumors swirl about Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving suiting up for the L.A. Lakers, owner Jeanie Buss remembers Kobe Bryant's loyalty to the team.