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  1. Derek Anderson talks Gregg Popovich, Pat Riley, “Stamina”

    Oct 9, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Detroit Pistons - Game 1

    There are a lot of guys who have come through the NBA and can tell hard knock life stories about growing up poor. Derek Anderson blows most of those stories out of the water. He never had a father around, his mother was out of the picture and he was fending for himself by the…

  2. 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

    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…

  3. Riley to Ainge: “STFU”

    Mar 29, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

    Danny Ainge

    NEW ORLEANS — Well, Pat Riley just added a little more fuel to the Heat-Celtics rivalry that simply won’t die. After Celtics GM Danny Ainge recently called LeBron James‘ complaints about the hard fouls he takes “almost embarrassing,” the Heat President fired back with both barrels in a pre-game statement delivered to the Heat media by…

  4. Creating a legacy: Comparing Miami Heat, ’72 Lakers win streaks

    Mar 26, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West

    It’s about legacy. When you talk about the 1972 Lakers 33-game win streak you talk about a team that had been the best in the West for the better part of a decade but had no rings to show for it, and when they put it together that year they dominated the league for a…

  5. Dwyane Wade says Lakers slow start reminds him of Heat

    Nov 20, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Do you remember the 9-8 Miami Heat? The ones off to a slow start after putting together a superstar team (then the players doing their part to hype the expectations at a pep rally)? The ones that had national pundits calling for Erik Spoelstra to be sent packing so that legendary coach Pat Riley could…

  6. Pat Riley on Heat: “Our small ball team is who we are now”

    Aug 3, 2012, 8:11 AM EDT

    Pat Riley

    The Miami Heat won a title going small. It worked. You can bet next season you are going to see a whole lot more Chis Bosh at the five and LeBron James at the four. The Heat will be going small. And Pat Riley is okay with that. Mostly. Riley was on with friend of…

  7. Who will Heat target in free agency? Just about everyone.

    Jun 25, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

    Steve Nash, Grant Hill

    The party is still going on in Miami — they will be parading through downtown with the Larry O’Brien trophy on Monday and a whole lot of people are going to be “sick” from work to get down and be part of the festivities. But in the Miami front office, there is no break. They…

  8. Pat Riley given lifetime coaching achievement award by peers

    Jun 19, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

    Heat president Riley sits in the stands before the Heat meets the Celtics in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA playoffs in Miami

    Right now, Pat Riley is not coaching in the NBA. Despite the pleas of some Heat fans. But you know the man can coach. He’s got a literal handful of NBA championship rings and is a three-time NBA Coach of the Year. He’s in the Hall of Fame. Tuesday he was given the Chuck Daly…

  9. Winderman: Problem with Riley in Miami, Jackson in Orlando is they’re not coaching

    Jun 6, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Introduce LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade

    We have reached a compelling intersection of what is and what could be. The fact that the protagonists are Pat Riley and Phil Jackson makes it all the more intriguing of a case study. At the very moment when the Riley-as-front-office-sage approach is coming under fire 200 miles south on Florida’s Turnpike, there is increased…

  10. Jason Kidd would like to be a general manager when he retires

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

    Mavericks guard Kidd watches from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Jason Kidd is not ready to retire after this season. He will be 40 next season but has played solidly this season — 5.9 points and 5.2 assists per game with a PER of 12.4. He might be reduced to being a backup — especially if he returns to Dallas and they fulfill their goal…

  11. Pat Riley, Miami Heat extend Erik Spoelstra’s contract

    Dec 16, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    It was one of the cloud of questions hanging over the Miami Heat last year: Does Pat Riley really trust Erik Spoelstra to coach the team, or does he have someone else in mind? (Maybe someone in a sharp suit with slicked-back hair.) You can check that off the list. Pat Riley said the Heat…

  12. Pat Riley laughs off Shaq’s “Gestapo” comment

    Nov 21, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    shaq-riley

    Pat Riley understands Shaquille O’Neal. Understood he needed to push the big man hard if the Heat were going to win the championship in 2006. Understands him now as Shaq goes around promoting his “Shaq Uncut” biography. That’s why Riley was not offended by Shaq saying talking about Riley’s “Gestapo conditioning,” as the coach told Ira…

  13. Shaq’s interesting interpretation of his final days in Miami

    Nov 14, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal Heat

    The feeling of the people in Miami about Shaquille O’Neal and his book may best be summed up by a tweet from Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel: There is the truth and then there is Shaq’s spin on his Heat departure. But Shaq’s spin makes for an entertaining read. The chapter of his new…

  14. Pat Riley is waiting, but is not talking Erik Spoelstra

    Nov 11, 2011, 5:49 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Introduce LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade

    Among the dramas coming next season — whenever there is a next season — surrounds Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. Because there was not enough drama in Miami already. Spoelstra is entering the last year of his contract. With Pat Riley hanging over him like the Sword of Damocles (just ask Stan Van Gundy) there…

  15. Rick Carlisle had Mavericks pack for only Game 6 of finals

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:59 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Rick Carlisle pulled a trick out of the Miami Heat’s Pat Riley’s playbook to win the NBA finals. Back in 2006, the Miami Heat were up 3-2 and heading back for a Game 6 in Dallas. Then Heat coach Riley told his players to only pack enough clothes for one game’s stay — they were…

  16. Shaq says he got in Pat Riley’s face in Miami, too

    Oct 31, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT

    shaq-riley

    Excerpts from Shaquille O’Neal’s new book hit the Web and of course our eyes are drawn to the Hatfields and McCoys that is he and Kobe Bryant with the Lakers. A legendary feud. But that’s not all that is there in the excerpts Deadspin published. There is also this description of his confrontation with then…

  17. Adam Silver not getting fined for talking with agency head

    Sep 13, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Over the weekend we told you about the high school drama — one that never would have made the cut as a Friday Night Lights plot — that was NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver sitting at the U.S. Open with Casey Wasserman, head of the Wasserman Media Group, which represents a number of NBA players…

  18. Fan gets LeBron’s face tattooed on his leg

    Jul 25, 2011, 10:23 AM EDT

    lebron-james-leg-tattoo2

    I get why one would be a fan of LeBron James — he has been blessed with physical gifts to play basketball like few others. He has the size and strength of Karl Malone, but he’s quicker than most of the point guards in the league. He can play inside or out, he can do…

  19. Nick Arison, 30, to take over as CEO of Miami Heat

    Jul 22, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Micky Arison, Nick Arison

    Micky Arison became CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines at the age of 28. With the money he made from that and other ventures, he took over controlling interest of the Miami Heat 16 years ago. Now he is going to put more time into the carnival business while his son Nick Arison — at the…

  20. Miami gets cakewalk early (and other schedule thoughts)

    Jul 19, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Detroit Pistons

    The NBA’s schedule for the season is out and for at least one day we are going to ignore those ominous lockout clouds and pretend it’s just another sunny July day. With a full season ahead of us. With that, some follow up thoughts after our first glance post earlier today. • The Miami Heat…

  21. Pat Riley says he is not going to coach, break up “Big 3″

    Jun 21, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Pat Riley is not going to coach the Miami Heat next season. No, he is not going to break up the trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh either. Riley had his annual end-of-season meeting with the media Tuesday and sounded like a guy who doesn’t like to lose but realizes the huge…

  22. Report: Pat Riley has sent word to nix trade offers for any of the Big 3

    Jun 19, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    As soon as the Heat started struggling, all the way back in November of 2010, the ideas started coming in. “What if they traded Chris Bosh?” The ideas continued all the way through the Finals including a few insane people talking about how they need to trade LeBron James. Sorry, I don’t care how much…

  23. Rick Barry say’s LeBron’s coaches are problem, Rick Carlisle disagrees

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Erik Spoelstra

    The one person that matters — Pat Riley — thinks Heat coach Erik Spoelstra did a good job this season. At least good enough to be back for a second season. That hasn’t stopped people outside the team from speculating about Spoelstra’s future and what kind of job he did. That includes Rick Barry, the…

  24. Break up Miami’s “big three?” That’s just stupid.

    Jun 14, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    Be clear about this up front — the Miami Heat are not doing this. Pat Riley is sane. But there are people out there on talk radio and the Web – including ESPN’s Bill Simmons — saying it is time to break up the Miami trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh (to…

  25. Is Erik Spoelstra’s job in danger? It shouldn’t be.

    Jun 13, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    In Miami, the blame has to go somewhere. LeBron James is getting a heaping share. So are all the role players. But you can’t fire LeBron and in the NBA when teams don’t live up to expectations it is the coach whose job is on the line. Fair or not. There are those wondering if…

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