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March 18, 2015 Updates
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Any shot that Pat Riley, team president and patriarch, has lost a little faith? That the past nine months have shaken him? "No," Riley said, during an hour-long interview with Bleacher Report, while nearing a 70th birthday he'd rather nobody notice, even with the book Younger Next Year prominently displayed behind him. "Just disappointed. Disappointed for Erik [Spoelstra] and for Micky [Arison] and for our fans. Really disappointed." Bleacher Report

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to be able to see what it takes," Riley said, running through his experience playing with West and Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain, coaching against Larry Bird and Kevin McHale and Robert Parish and so on. "If you can get three of those kinds of players and fill it out with some other good guys, then you might be ahead of the curve....So there are a lot of ways to skin a cat. "For me, it's not through the draft, because lottery picks are living a life of misery. That season is miserable. And if you do three or four years in a row to get lottery picks, then I'm in an insane asylum. And the fans will be, too. So who wants to do that?" Bleacher Report

Suffering numerous injuries and ailments. Falling far below .500. Scrambling for an eighth seed. "Obviously, the hit we took with LeBron [James] leaving just crushed us," Riley said. "Everybody. It just did. But I thought getting Josh [McRoberts] and getting [Luol Deng], especially those two players, to go with Chris [Bosh] and Dwyane [Wade] and Mario [Chalmers], that we could [compete]. And then, make the plan for 2016, even though I wasn't gonna wait if I could get a guy like Goran [Dragic]. Bleacher Report

"It would be like Magic and Kareem and [James] Worthy, they weren't going to go anywhere," Riley said. "They had come at a time when there were free agents. They weren't going to go. You think Magic was going to leave Kareem? You think Kareem was going to leave Magic? You think Worthy was going to leave either one of those guys, or [Byron] Scott or [Michael] Cooper? No, they knew they had a chance to win every year. And this team had a chance every year. So that was shocking to me that it happened. Now, could we have done more? Could they have done more?" Another pause. "They're all hypotheticals," Riley said. "That's all they are—hypotheticals. So it did stop. And soon as it did stop, we wanted to move on as quickly as we can to try to build another one. If, in fact, that team stayed together, yeah, I probably would have retired with that team somewhere. But that isn't what I think about now." Bleacher Report

Riley and Anthony Mason had their battles, but there was also much love, which made attending Mason's funeral last week so difficult. "When one of your players, that you coached very intensely for five years, leaves the planet before you do, it's like one of your children," Riley said. "It's just very hard." He's been around long enough to see several other favorites—his Forever Men, from Brian Grant to Magic Johnson to Alonzo Mourning—endure serious health hardships. "When Earvin went down, we thought it was the worst," Riley said. "When Zo went down, we thought it was the worst. When Chris, you think it's the worst....So it really affects you." Bleacher Report

March 6, 2015 Updates
March 1, 2015 Updates

Jeff Van Gundy was an assistant under Pat Riley, and he said he never will forget that day in Charleston when the unproven Mason and the established Xavier McDaniel got into a fight that didn't end quickly. "It started with a block-out drill, and five minutes later, Xavier McDaniel and Anthony were going around the gym throwing haymakers at each other," Van Gundy said by phone. "I think it set the tone for just how hard we were going to play that season. He came in to compete and he backed down from no one." Newsday

On Saturday afternoon, Beastie Boys member Ad-Rock tweeted about Mason’s death: “MASE!!! You are for surely missed. RIP.” Mason was not the only Knick of the Pat Riley era to inspire the Beasties’ rhymes. “Get It Together” contains the line “I got heart like John Starks,” while “Flute Loop” references the team’s 1993 Atlantic Division title with the somewhat hard-to-decipher lyric: “Lead my team to 60 wins like my man Pat Ewing.” New York Daily News

February 28, 2015 Updates
February 19, 2015 Updates

Miami HEAT President Pat Riley announced today that they have acquired brothers Goran Dragic and Zoran Dragic from the Phoenix Suns in part of a three-team trade involving the New Orleans Pelicans. Phoenix received Danny Granger and two future first round draft picks from Miami and John Salmons from New Orleans while the Pelicans received Norris Cole, Justin Hamilton and Shawne Williams from the HEAT. NBA.com

The Phoenix Suns today completed a deal to acquire two future first-round draft picks from the Miami Heat. The Suns also received forward/guard Danny Granger from Miami and forward John Salmons, who will be waived, from the New Orleans Pelicans in the three-team trade. As part of the deal, the Suns send guards Goran Dragic and Zoran Dragic to the Heat and the Pelicans receive guard Norris Cole, center Justin Hamilton and forward Shawne Williams from Miami. The Suns received Miami’s 2017 first-round pick (protected to seven) and Miami’s unprotected 2021 first-round pick as part of the deal. NBA.com

“We are incredibly pleased to take another step in getting the Miami HEAT back to real championship prominence with the acquisition of Goran Dragic,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “Goran is an All-NBA player, including the Most Improved Player last season, and we felt that once he became available, we would do all that we could to acquire him. We feel he is the perfect complement to the players we have on the team. We are also pleased to bring his brother, Zoran, into the HEAT family. He had a great summer during international play and it’s great to have a brother-brother duo and someone that can help us in our rotation.” NBA.com

February 6, 2015 Updates
February 4, 2015 Updates

A free agent, Whiteside had one of his first workouts with Miami. In 2010, the Heat had strongly considered drafting Whiteside; they wanted to give him a second look. The workout didn’t go well. The Heat, said Whiteside’s former agent, Brian Samuels, didn’t think Whiteside was totally invested in becoming an NBA player. According to Samuels, Pat Riley suggested Whiteside take a year off, get his head on straight, and decide what he wanted to do. “This kid has always had an immense amount of talent,” Samuels said. “He just needed to wrap his head around the idea that this was a full-time job. Back then, I don’t think he was there yet.” Sports Illustrated

January 22, 2015 Updates

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