On being back in Miami:
“It has been good. I got a lot of memories here and a lot of friendships have been built up over the four years, so my emotions are really, really good.”
On weirdness being in visitors’ locker room:
“Not really. I spent seven years coming to this locker room before, but it felt a little different going in the way we came in. I was used to going to the parking garage with the players, but coming in through the other side was a little weird.”
On what he expects from the fans:
“I have no idea. That’s not for me to even worry about. My only job right now is us trying to get better. We got a young group and we’ve got to continue to improve.”
On competing against Wade now after being teammates:
“I’m not sure. We’ve always enjoyed competing against one another, and we enjoy playing with one another as well, so it is back to where it was five years ago with us competing and we’re going to do it for the rest of our career.”
Did he circle this game on his calendar:
“I don’t circle games no more on my career. If I get the opportunity and am fortune enough that my son makes it to the NBA, and I’m still here, then I’ll circle that one.=
Oddest thing today:
“I just had some butterflies coming in. It’s like I said, I played some great basketball here with my teammates. I miss my teammates more than anything. The camaraderie we had and the guys that’s still here and the guys that’s not even here like Shane [Battier] and Ray [Allen], and I still have Mike [Miller] with me and [James Jones]. But all the guys, we built something that will last forever.”
Feel bad the Heat is struggling?
Get together with Dwayne Wade on Christmas Eve:
“No dinner but got together for sure.”
Is there one place he had to go in Miami upon being back?
“Yeah, to see D-Wade.”
On Varejao injury:
“It’s tough. It hurts our team, but more than anything it’s tough on him. It seems like he can’t catch a break on injuries and I know he was looking forward to this season. He is a great friend of mine and I the fact that his season was taken away from him like that. We need guys to step up.”
On Miami fans wanting public thank you:
“I gave everything and more to this city when I was here. I would never disrespect this city, or the franchise, or any of my teammates. Everything is professional. I gave it all. That’s all I can do.”
Has he spoken to Pat Riley?
“No, I haven’t. If the opportunity presents itself I don’t mind, but I don’t know what his mindset is.”
Ever think of ‘what if’ had he stayed?
“No, I can’t do that anymore. I can’t live in the past or live with regrets. I got to live in the future or live in the present moment, and, you know, what do you guys want from me? I go out and play the game of basketball at a high level no matter uniform I’m in, no matter what city I’m in, you know. I’ll give you guys one huge press conference when I’m done with this and you guys can ask me anything, but for now just try to appreciate what I do on the floor.”
Would he like to see his jersey retired in Miami?
“It doesn’t matter. That’s an organizational thing. If they feel like I did enough to be up in the rafters with my jersey retired, I’ll be here when they put it up. If not, I’ll be home.”
On relationship now with Heat organization:
“I mean, I don’t know. I moved to another organization, so my relationship is where it stood before, but if not I don’t mind it as well. I’m here in Cleveland, I’m back home and I’m feeling good.”