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Pat Riley says don’t expect big changes in Heat roster

Jun 27, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT

Miami Heat President Riley reacts after he was introduced during a celebration at the American Airlines Arena after the Heat's NBA Basketball Championship parade in Miami Reuters

Yes, there are questions about Dwyane Wade and if his game is in decline (and how fast he is going down that hill). Yes, there are questions about Chris Bosh’s role within the offense and his value to the team, particularly relative to the big checks he cashes.

But don’t think the Pat Riley is breaking the Heat up.

They are back-to-back NBA Champions and have been to three straight finals, it’s premature to make major moves.

That’s what Riley said, speaking to the Miami Herald.

“I don’t like to change that much, not when you’re winning,” said Riley, who pointed out that Bosh made five plays in the span of 20 to 30 seconds at the end Game 6 to keep the Heat alive in the NBA Finals.

When the team reconvenes in late September, Riley said he hopes 14 of the roster spots to be filled by players who were under contract in the 2013-14 season — the one exception being Juwan Howard, who likely will be replaced by a free agent.

That means they plan to bring back Chris Andersen, but we will see what other teams will offer the Birdman, who is a free agent.

What Riley expects internal improvement to help carry the team.

“We need to improve,” Riley said. “Erik [Spoelstra] and I have already had two conversations about … because we’re a little older, they have to come back leaner, lighter, stronger, quicker and faster, so when you get a little bit older, you’ve got to dedicate yourself to diet and conditioning and training and becoming a better player skill-wise.”

Expect them to make a move to get a little bigger to match up with the Pacers and Bulls, guys like Samuel Dalembert or Jermaine O’Neal are out there.

But the Heat are not making any bold moves this summer. The summer after that… we’ll see.

  1. HotHotHeat - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      it looked pretty broke until Allen bailed you out, don’t make it seem like
      you pulled off a 16-0 run, you guys was a blown Dunkin bunny away from
      cleaning your underwear with rubber gloves.

      • HotHotHeat - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:52 PM

        Whoa there spanky, where in my post does it make it seem as though the Heat went 16-0?

      • dj3garrett - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:02 PM

        I had to register just to comment on this dumb comment… First of all, how the hell do you get bailed out by someone on the team making a shot? The Heat weren’t bailed out, as a team they made more shots… You then say Miami “was a blown *Duncan bunny away from cleaning your underwear with rubber gloves”… What does that even mean? I could have sworn that Miami was actually leading by 2 when he missed that shot so the worse that could have happened was a tied up game with possession… Just like the guy above said, “If it aint broke, don’t fix it”… The Miami Heat are back to back champs…. Obviously it ain’t broke… Worry about your teams problems…

      • redbaronx - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:44 AM

        I’m not a Heat fan and I was rooting for the Spurs, but lets face it, the Heat don’t have to make any wholesale changes. If they get a shot blocking, defensive center, and Dwayne Wade returns to form, I think the Heat will be impossible to beat unless other teams improve. Miami got toughened up by the Spurs this year, and really had to dig deep to win this. That should scare everyone else because Miami might be mentally tougher next year, which was always the knock them. The Spurs probably won’t be back next year, and I don’t see anyone else (in their current configuration) that could beat the Heat, though the Bulls, OKC, and Grizz might be able to pull off an addition that elevates them. They’re in range.

        If I was Riley I’d trade for JaVale McGee. I am a Wiz fan and I know he sucks mentally, but with vet leadership to keep him in line, JaVale might become a great shot blocking/defensive center for Miami if someone can keep him focused on defense.

    • gmsingh123 - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Why doesn’t Riley just re-tweet the memo he got from Stern?

  2. pmx8411 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    they need to replace Joel Anthony and Juwan Howard and bring in a big that can bang with Hibbert, Chandler or Noah, im predicting this is Chris Bosh last yr with mia unless they threepeat

  3. curtis35w - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    or Bosh needs to start eating some damn cheeseburgers or something. Put in his contract unlimited trips to hometown buffet. hes damn good on defense and can score great at times but needs to put on some lb’s

    • mcmofigga - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      @curtis35w ….. That is not the Riley way you did not read the article. He believes to keep it lean, light and faster.

      Bosh would not be blocking Parker and Green at the end of the games if he was heavier.

      Yest he weight helps with defending the post but he is not a pure Center. Miami need a bigger guy down in the post. Like maybe Jermaine O Neal who has had his knees fixed by that same miraculous Dr in Germany

      Greg Oden could also be an option. you never know what you might get.

      Getting rid of Joel Anthony is gibberish talk. That guys is an excellent defender and can grab boards and that is what he is there for, to slow things down. People don’t realize that guys like him and James Jones sit on the bench but are excellent defenders. James Jones can also shoot the deep ball. The only reason Miami did not use them as much this year cause they did not need to.

      Haslem needs to work a little more on his jump shot and make it a money shot like he did in the Pacer series

      So what Miami needs is real center not have Bosh eat cheese burgers and shakes at In and Out in Cali

  4. 808raiderinparadise - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Joel Anthony, Haslem and Juwan Howard ……. Juwan can remain in a coaching assistant capacity

    Haslem is MIA all day born n raised but if they can gain a similar player that is younger, now is the time to bring that younger player along to emerge.

    Joel is negated by Birdman … BIG TIME

    Greg Oden is worth a shot, and if Hasheem Thabeet is free ….

    If Battier retires then you need a new shooter/defender mold, hard to replace.

  5. fanofevilempire - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Miami is capped out what the heck is he talking about, he can only make
    a few moves anyway. If anyone thinks Miami can 3peat is smoking crack!

    • 808raiderinparadise - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      Well they have been to 3 straight finals … best player in world, in prime …. your right, I pick the bobcats

  6. loungefly74 - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    The Heat are on top of the world right now. leave the formula alone. Riley is right.

  7. sk1llz187 - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    chalmers, wade, bron, ud, bosh

    rayray, battier, birdman, miller, jones, lewis, cole, miller, GREG ODEN, BILLUPS

    • iwillfindyou - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Please do pick up Oden! Please please do. Noah will hulk smash his face in to the court. Or unless he blows out both his knees before he can see the court. And Billups?! hahahahahaha

      • jamieaadams - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        What’s Noah gonna “smash” him with? His jump shot?

      • mydoghasfleez - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:20 AM

        Noah will smash him with bobby pins.

  8. sk1llz187 - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Greg Oden has been working out for the Miami Heat in recent days and Pat Riley confirmed the team is interested in him.
    Oden would be a very interesting fit in Miami, where he could slide into a situation where few would be expecting big things if and when he does return. A lot has to happen for Oden to sign with the Heat, but it sounds like both sides would welcome a deal. Jun 26 – 12:33 PM

  9. acdc363 - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Another great decision by Riley.

  10. iwillfindyou - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Pat Riley is easily the biggest queef in all of sports. He is Dr. Evil. And to anyone who thinks this guy is a good gm, please. The dude bought a team. Whoopdy doo.

    • mcmofigga - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      dude you are just a hater I have noticed……… “Bought a Team”

      Please stop with this.

      Did BOS not try and buy a team when the Big 3 got together there.

      Did the Lakers just not try and pull one of this year with useless D12, Old Nash and Kobe and Gasol and they were talking Finals

      Did the Lakers not try and pull one of in with Malone and the Glove

      So teams in all sports do this all the time.

      You are just bitter it worked out sensational for them.

      3 finals 3 years and you know the rest.

      It s funny how people hated on the Yanks for out paying people and building championship rosters.

      Now that the Red Sox, Angles, Dodgers all follow in that suit no one is complaining anymore.

      Get with the program.

      Maybe you should change your handle to “Iwillhateyou” instead.

  11. j0esixpack - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Pat Riley is truly a GM genius. I mean, who knew that James would turn into a good player?

    • mydoghasfleez - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:22 AM


  12. lalifer - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Miami is maxed out but with back to back rings to show why. My Lakers are maxed out but with what to show? A banner spread across Staples thats what. I’m heading there after work to see for myself. I thought we only had championship banners.

  13. bcb11 - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Yet none of the other GMs (or in Riley’s case, president) came out of that free agent season with James, or Wade and Bosh for that matter. That may say something about Riley. And other star free agents from that year haven’t fared nearly as well.

  14. cosme27 - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    @iwillfindyou, what do you mean by “dude bought the team” is everyone else in the league playing for free?

  15. mrlitl - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Lol @ joesixpack

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