HoopsHype Pat Riley rumors

June 24, 2014 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: LeBron James will opt-out of deal, source confirms. He's determined to impose pressure on Miami to improve roster and spend, sources say. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

June 19, 2014 Updates

Pat Riley says LeBron James' home team is growing. The Miami Heat president revealed Thursday that the four-time NBA MVP and his wife Savannah are expecting for a third time, their latest addition to be a girl. No word yet on when the baby is arriving. James and his wife already have two sons. Riley dropped the nugget during his season-ending meeting with reporters on Thursday, saying, "Savannah now is going to have a little baby girl to join her in the fight against the two boys and LeBron, which she needs." ESPN.com

June 11, 2014 Updates
June 8, 2014 Updates

Holt never thinks he’s smarter than his top basketball executives, Gregg Popovich and R. C. Buford, while Arison has left all of the basketball decisions up to Pat Riley. “Micky has allowed me to do what I had to do as a coach and then as a president," Riley told me the other night, before the Spurs won the opener. “That’s really been the key for me. Obviously, there has been a short leash on certain things. But overall, he’s allowed me to do what I’ve wanted to do. He’s had his business to run and so he’s been hands off." New York Daily News

April 22, 2014 Updates

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was named NBA coach of the year on Tuesday, making him just the third coach in league history to win the Red Auerbach trophy three times in his career. Popovich has received the league's top coaching honor in two of the last three seasons, joining Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only coaches to win the award three times. In a career full of masterful coaching performances, Popovich may have delivered his best in season No. 18. USA Today Sports

April 13, 2014 Updates

What got lost in James' recruitment four years ago, as the splashy Riley literally placed all his championship rings on the table, is what was being sold everywhere else in that same room. The people surrounding James? Sent to represent and introduce him to the Heat way? There was Mourning, now a team executive, whose journey from All-Star-to-kidney-illness-to-champion-to-Hall-Of-Famer unfolded at Riley's side, in sickness and in health. There was Eric Spoelstra, who rose from Riley's knee as video coordinator to the coaching job everyone in the sport would covet. There was Andy Elisburg, who began as an intern when the team was born in 1988 and is now Riley's general manager. ESPN.com

When Chris Bosh's wife is pregnant, the wives of Riley and Arison are at the baby shower. When Wade is getting engaged, he's making the announcement at Riley's South Beach apartment, at the team holiday party. When Wade is celebrating a birthday, Riley and Arison are having drinks on his boat. When James is vacationing in Europe, he's meeting up with Arison. And when he's getting married, you'll find Riley and Arison on that dance floor. And it isn't just for the super-famous guys, either. Heat lifer Udonis Haslem has rarely been as moved as he was at his mother's wake, when Riley came to his rough neighborhood trailed by members of the Heat front office. ESPN.com

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