Pat Riley Rumors
Marc Stein: LaMarcus Aldridge’s meeting with Miami tonight will be a dinner with Pat Riley, sources say: 96 more rumors
Jason Lieser: Pat Riley said Goran Dragic told him in their exit meeting that he wants to stay with #Heat.: 6 more rumors
Jason Lieser: Pat Riley on Goran Dragic: “I feel confident this is where he wants to be. He’s stated that.”: 6 more rumors
There is this insulted feeling in the Heat organization that James used Riley as legendary leverage at the end, as a public pawn, flying him across the country and making him wait in Las Vegas for a short meeting with an already-determined outcome — so James’ men could negotiate all the power they wanted from Cleveland in the interim with the very public lie that Miami was still in play — and to show Riley who was really in charge. That may or may not be accurate, but this is: James, the paradigm shifter, didn’t look like he was working for the owner, general manager and coach in Cleveland as much as it looked like they were working for him.
Eric Pincus: Also here at BDA Sports Day – Ryan West, Pat Riley, Bernie Bickerstaff – in general, Lakers have large contingent present
Frank Isola: The King of WFAN keeps saying “where was Pat Riley.” Well, Riley attended draft lottery when Miami finished with a franchise worst record. Not sure it’s asking too much for Phil to make a 1/2 mile trip from his apartment to the Hilton. If Larry Bird can fly here Phil can cab it. Pat Riley also scouted players in Chicago while Phil never left his hotel room. I guess this also isn’t a big deal because Phil has 11 rings. When Miami had the NBA’s worst record, Pat Riley came to lottery to represent the Heat. He owned it. Showed leadership.
In a perfect world, Riley has made it clear he would like to draft a player similar to Golden State shooting guard Klay Thompson, who was the 11th pick of the 2011 draft. A player such as Thompson would complement the Heat’s current backcourt, which is heavy on attackers but could use some additional shooting touch from outside. “A lot of times you have a player or two players who are playmakers that are your best playmakers and your best scorers, but they might not have that kind of range or that kind of game, so you need to go out and get two or three of those kinds of players,” Riley said after the regular season. “And so, while we felt we had enough maybe on the perimeter, that might be an area where we look, but I don’t want to be a one-dimensional guy.”
Ethan J. Skolnick: Devin Booker calls himself best shooter in draft. Met with Pat Riley. “It was a great vibe. I could feel the Big Blue nation.”
Alex Gozalbo: Pat Riley (Miami Heat) and Stan Van Gundy (Detroit Pistons) are in Barcelona pic.twitter.com/mXbQ4AJ6hc
Pat Riley indicated the Heat shouldn’t go more than three or four possessions without getting the ball to Hassan Whiteside and Whiteside should have the mentality of Alonzo Mourning. “If Alonzo didn’t get a touch three or four times down the court, he would put his big hands around my neck verbally or physically,” Riley cracked.
On Monday, Riley was asked about the draft and next season and the Heat’s president, in classic Riley style, dropped a loaded one-liner, which was immediately interpreted as a dig at LeBron. Asked to clarify if that comment was about James, Riley said, “that could be anyone across the board,” before adding, “I’ve already got about half a dozen emails from people I don’t even know recommending [a player], and somewhere in that email or text is always a smiley.”
“There isn’t a person in the organization who doesn’t think we should have made the playoffs,” Riley said Monday morning at AmericanAirlines Arena. “We always come to win a championship. I don’t care what the odds are; I don’t care what the prognosticators say.
But Riley also said he is standing by coach Erik Spoelstra. “I think I told Erik to go beat himself up for about a week and if he didn’t then I would help him,” he said with a laugh. “I sit with the coaching staff every night after every game.” He said it also is time to move forward. “I’m moving on,” he said. “I have no regrets.”
Surya Fernandez: Riley very confident that Dragic will re-sign. Says he feels very good about the position that they have an advantage over other teams.
Cruise stock prices spiked upward when Obama announced his thawing policy toward Cuba. People like Arison immediately imagined their majestic ships flowing lucratively in and out of Cuban ports, ferrying monied tourists eager to explore the exotic island so near yet so off-limits for so long. That could be another delicate spot for Arison, the idea that increasingly normalized relations with Cuba could be very good for Carnival and his already enormous bank account – but could also lead many Heat fans to angrily consider those profits to be Castro-dirty.