Pat Riley Doing Some Things?

I hope Pat Riley and the Miami Heat do pull off the Jimmy Butler trade. The East needs some star power and Jimmy Butler’s brand of toughness, grit and in your face bravado is a near perfect match for what the Heat have built culture-wise after LeBron James divorced them. In the Heat locker room,…

The Pat Riley Shaky Decision Meter

It was an exceptional day for Pat Riley on July 1, 2016. He was smiling, his face nearly breaking because of it. The reason he was giddy was his prized free agent Hassan Whiteside had just inked a max deal that would pay him $22 million, $23 million this year, $25 million in 2018-19 and a…

Wade County Divorce Is Over

The divorce that was never supposed to happen has survived for a year and a half. In one corner, there is South Beach sans Dwyane Wade, the most popular and beloved franchise player of the Miami Heat. In the other corner there is Pat Riley, the man who drafted Dwyane Wade and alienated him. In…

Jersey Retirement Completes the Shaq Trifecta

When the Heat announced last winter they were retiring Shaquille O’Neal’s No. 32 jersey (in a celebration to be held sometime during the 2016-17 season), it was a jaw dropping say what? moment. The way it ended with O’Neal and Pat Riley, open flesh wounds, the bridge still burning, embers still hanging in the wind,…

Riley Wants You to Think He Is Sorry But He’s Not

The Riley screwed us over with his arrogance narrative hit a crescendo last night only because conquering hero and returning son and beloved one Dwyane Wade, a Riley draft pick who he refused to trade to the Lakers to acquire Shaquille O’Neal, was back in house. Not for the first time, Riley’s behavior was center stage.…

Pat Riley Repeating History

When James Worthy, Byron Scott and Michael Cooper walked into Dr. Jerry Buss’ office and demanded to be traded if Pat Riley was still the coach, it was the spring of 1990. The three Lakers players had been worn down by the Riley ethic. Tired of his megalomaniac tendencies, his relentless and brutal criticism and…

Pat Riley Has His Groove Back

In the summer of 2014, Pat Riley was trying to keep his head above water. His best player had fled the warm confines of South Beach despite Riley’s very public threats to not abandon what they had spent four years building. It was an idea Riley couldn’t wrap his brain around, that LeBron James would…