Sunday , Apr , 06 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Pat Riley Wanted to Pick Chris Kaman over Dwyane Wade

If Pat Riley had been stubborn on draft night 2003, Chris Kaman would be wearing a Miami Heat jersey and Riley likely wouldn’t be wearing his seventh championship ring.

Riley wanted to take Kaman, the big kid from Central Michigan, with the fifth overall pick. But Riley, the Heat’s president, was smart enough to allow his scouting staff to cast votes for their top choice. On each piece of paper Riley unfolded there was the same name: Dwyane Wade. [Chicago Sun-Times]