OAKLAND — Amid the Heat's losing skid, which included the benching of Dwyane Wade on Monday, Heat President Pat Riley arrived in the Bay Area on Tuesday and attended the Heat's Wednesday morning shootaround at the University of San Francisco.
Despite the Heat's rebounding woes, it doesn't seem like Riley is losing faith in the Heat's frontcourt. As a coach, Riley preferred a dominant center but he has built the current team around coach Erik Spoelstra's small-ball philosophy.
Riley did not speak with reporters on Wednesday but Spoelstra said that Riley believes "the answers are from within." In other words, the Heat is planning on adding anyone to the roster.
"There are some games we do it very well," Spoelstra said of the Heat's rebounding. "And we've proved that we can win the big one when we need to by rebounding. It's just a matter of committing to it and doing it better."
Meanwhile, Dwyane Wade downplayed being benched on Monday against the Jazz. He said he was more frustrated with losing.
"I think the fourth quarter is overblown," Wade said. "I went to the bench in the fourth quarter and we were down 19 points. That team did a helluva job of coming back and making it a game, so obviously you want to play, but I can never be mad at my team for coming back and making a game of it."
Wade would not elaborate on the creptic message he posted to Twitter on Tuesday.
"I can't give you every Twitter I put out, man," Wade said. "Read between the lines like you do every Twitter."
He then added: "I just came from my mind. A lot of stuff could be up there."
If anyone has an explanation, translation or theory — logical or otherwise — feel free to leave a comment.