Pat Riley Rumors
Dion Waiters was sitting in Pat Riley’s office last summer, listening to the NBA legend pitch him on why he should sign with the Heat. “What are you going to do? What are you going to do when there’s four minutes left, and we need you to score, and we need you to lead the team?” Riley asked Waiters. “I know what I’m going to do,” Waited responded immediately, “I know I haven’t had the opportunity yet. But I was born to destroy.” Riley laughed. “I love it.”
“I love our guys,” Riley said. “I wouldn’t want to play against our guys. They are so competitive. Spo (Erik Spoelstra) does a great job. And it’s almost going to be impossible for us to have a superstar out of this group because how we play is a positionless game where it is equal opportunity and there is going to be different guys every night.”
Miami Heat President Pat Riley has taken his message of ensemble play and lack of respect to a national audience. In an interview with SiriusXM radio, Riley stressed that the Heat are not necessarily built to have a stand-alone All-Star, but still could have a standout season, based on how coach Erik Spoelstra got this roster core to produce a 30-11 record over the second half of last season.
Pat Riley: “So only time will tell and I think this is going to be a real exciting year. But one thing we will bring to the table every single night is we will bring a highly conditioned team, a very disciplined team and a team that is going to get after it with some very talented players.”
Who starts at small forward for the Miami Heat? We’re told this is a complete toss-up, with Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and dark horse Rodney McGruder all having a legitimate chance. Though Winslow has as good a chance as any of the three, he will not be gifted the job. It was telling that unlike in the summer of 2016, Pat Riley declined to answer directly in July when asked if he views Winslow as a likely starter.