Clearly salty, Pat Riley is still tossing shade at Dwyane Wade, LeBron James Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
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Two of the biggest stars to ever don a Miami Heat uniform decided to leave South Beach and team president Pat Riley really can’t get over it.

When discussing the team’s biggest acquisition, Riley took a pretty clear shot at former stars Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, per the South Florida Sun Sentinel, via NBC Sports:

“I’ll say this, and I mean this,” Riley says during a relaxed moment this past week, “Shaq’s acquisition was bigger than any acquisition that we ever made, including the Big Three.”

“The seminal moment,” Riley says, “to really make us really, really legitimate. He turned our franchise around. He gave us real legitimacy.”

O’Neal certainly helped take the Heat to another level, playing second fiddle to a young Wade, landing the 2006 NBA title. He also reached the conference finals and exited early from the playoffs.

James (arguably the greatest player in NBA history) took Miami to four NBA finals, winning two of those. James bounced to return home two years ago before delivering a title to Cleveland this summer.

Wade (arguably the greatest player in franchise history) assisted in pushing the Heat over the top in 2012 and 2013 after taking them to the promised land in 2006. He bounced for the hometown Chicago Bulls in the offseason after being reportedly disrespected in contract discussions with the Heat.

If Riley thinks landing Shaq made some impact about landing future free agents, or changed the perception of South Beach, he might need to rethink things.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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