"We're all on the same page. We communicate that," Riley said of a front-office staff that also includes team CEO Nick Arison and general manager Andy Elisburg. "We collaborate with one another. There's really one voice that will say yes or no, and that's Micky. As much as Micky is enjoying what's going on, he's very involved in day to day [business]. Nick is becoming one of the best young executives in the league. I've known all these guys for 19 years. That continuity helps you stay at the top as an organization. You may go through your ups and downs, but the fact that we've been together for so long, we can speak our mind on anything. But somewhere at the end, there will be a consensus to what we're going to do."
Wade insists that any speculation about the Heat's future won't disrupt the team's task at hand against San Antonio. Perhaps he's come too far physically and mentally this season to get sidetracked now.
Spoelstra told a story recently about how far Wade has come since his chronic knee issues in the playoffs last season. The coach wasn't certain Wade would even play in Game 7 of the Finals last season, because he required a significant amount of fluid to be drained from his left knee before the game.
Wade scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Heat finished off the Spurs for the title. During the offseason that followed, Wade underwent a shockwave therapy procedure to regenerate his right knee and would spend most of this season working with longtime personal trainer Tim Grover.
Wade packed three hours of treatment and rehab a day around games and practices throughout the season. Grover described his program with Wade -- which started with 8-10 weeks of offseason training before camp opened in October -- as a Tour de France because of its varying stages of difficulty.
Benchmarks gauging Wade's progress were set at the start of the season, the beginning of the calendar year, the All-Star break in February and entering the playoffs. There were setbacks but also breakthroughs. Wade admitted that he never thought he would end up missing 28 games during the season.
But Grover knew Wade had plenty of issues to address after all of the mileage accumulated through annual trips deep into the playoffs.
"It wasn't just the knee[s]. There were a lot of other areas in the body that just weren't working the way they were supposed to be working," Grover told Bleacher Report in March. "And that's because he's played so many games over the last four years. So certain things have a tendency to wear out. When one thing wears out and isn't working, you start to overcompensate with something else. And somebody at his age, sometimes you need somebody to pay attention to you and your needs."
Between Grover and the Heat's staff, Wade essentially has had a Secret Service detail of trainers around him throughout the season. That team got Wade through the nine consecutive games he missed near the end of the regular season to deal with knee, hamstring and Achilles issues at the low point.
The entourage remains by his side after seeing him help put away the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals with his strongest series since 2012. Wade entered the Finals against the Spurs averaging 18.7 points, 4.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals on 52 percent shooting in 2014 playoffs.