The Meeting That Made The Decision Possible

DISSOLVE TO: A garden, somewhere outside Schenectady:

PAT O’RILEY
So … Reinsdorf will move against you first. He’ll set up a meeting with someone that you absolutely trust … guaranteeing your ability to speak freely. And at that meeting, you’ll be setup over this whole tampering business [Pat drinks from a glass of wine as Dwyane watches him]. I like to drink wine more than I used to, anyways, I’m drinking more….

DWYANE
It’s good for you, Pat.

PAT O’RILEY (after a long pause)
I hope you don’t mind the way I … I keep going over this Reinsdorf business…

DWYANE
No, not at all….

PAT O’RILEY
Oh well, eh … I want you to arrange to have a man check all the tweets that go in and out of your account because….

DWYANE
I did it already, Pat.

PAT O’RILEY
Oh, that’s right … I forgot.

DWYANE
What’s the matter? What’s bothering you? [Then, after the Pat doesn’t answer.] I’ll handle it. I told you I can handle it, I’ll handle it.

PAT O’RILEY (as he stands)
I knew that James was going to have to go through all this. And Bosh, well, [he sits besides Dwyane], Bosh was, well…. But I never, … I never wanted this … sharing the spotlight for you. I work my whole post-LA & NY life, I don’t apologize, to take care of the Arison’s. And I’ve refused … to be a fool [Beasley pick aside] … dancing on the string, held by all those — capologists. I don’t apologize … that’s my life … but I thought that … that when it was your time … that … that you would be the one to hold the strings. Mutiple-MVP’s Wade, first owner-player Wade, or … something …

DWYANE
A Lebron succeeding in Cleveland …

PAT O’RILEY
… or a Tiger without the missing windshield … there just weren’t enough bad GM’s, Dwyane. Just weren’t enough bad GM’s …

DWYANE
We’ll get there, Pat, … we’ll get there….

PAT O’RILEY
Uh… Now listen, whoever comes to you with this Reinsdorf meeting … he’s the traitor. Don’t forget that.

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