Pat Riley Rumors
Despite standing one player shy of being able to dress the maximum of 13 players on game nights, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Friday there are no plans for a roster move. With forward Okaro White sidelined until at least midseason due to Thursday’s foot surgery, Spoelstra had left the door open for a possible shuffle, with the Heat holding the exclusive NBA right to three players on their developmental-league affiliate, the G League Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Interesting how you both ended up being drafted at similar positions joining good teams that didn’t play young guys a lot early on. Dorell Wright: Yes, a blessing too. We were both able to get great player development and learn the game from the bench. Most young guys get thrown out there to the wolves. And they don’t last 🤷🏾♂️ Heat culture, man. Dorell Wright: Best out there. So many people speak highly about it. Dorell Wright: Man, Pat Riley‘s blueprint is crazy. When you’re in it day to day you don’t understand. But once you leave you clearly understand hahaha. Kid out of high school with a lot of money spending first years in the League IN MIAMI. That could have gone wrong, but it didn’t. Dorell Wright: Insane. Thank God my teammates had more money than me. I️ never had to pull out money. Hell, I️ was still eating Wendy’s and Miami House of Wings on the regular.
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.”