Pat Riley to Heat Big Three: ‘You have to stay together if you have the guts’

Pat-Riley-My-Girl-KaraokePat Riley held his end-of-season press conference on Thursday morning, and the Miami Heat president was in a sour mood. His frustration seemed to stem more from the questions he has been facing about the future of the Heat than losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.

“You want to trend something?” Riley began as he addressed reporters, via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “I’m pissed. Get that trending. I think we need to have a perspective about things. I’ll do everything I can to retool the team, but I think everybody needs to get a grip.”

Riley used the phrase “get a grip” multiple times during the session. When asked about the potential of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh opting out of their contracts, Riley made it clear that he is not going to be doing any ass kissing this time around.

“I don’t think we need to recruit Dwyane, LeBron and Chris again,” he said. “I think all those guys that have come here have got exactly what they wanted. And we hope that all those guys want to come with us. What cements a forever-bond is going through what we went through this season and staying the course.

“You gotta stay together, if you’ve got the guts. You don’t find the first door and run out of it.​ I’m not dropping championship rings on the table for those guys. They can drop their own.”​

These are all negotiating tactics. Heat owner Micky Arison recently said there is a “100 percent” chance the Big Three stays put. Then there was a report about the Big Three only being willing to take a pay cut if Arison spends the money elsewhere, which makes sense.

Simply put, this is a game of chess. LeBron can opt out and sign a max contract wherever he wants. He has more money than he could ever need between salary and endorsements, so right now his priority is putting himself in a position of strength to make sure the Heat are committed to improving their roster. Riley, on the other hand, can’t be pushed around.

In the end, my guess is they all live happily ever after.

Pat Riley reportedly served legal papers by Dwyane Wade’s ex during Game 5

Pat-Riley-My-Girl-KaraokeMiami Heat president Pat Riley was reportedly served legal papers during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on behalf of Dwyane Wade. According to Gossip Extra, the team’s in-house lawyer accepted a subpoena for an upcoming trial involving Wade and his ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches.

Earlier this week, Gossip Extra reported that Riley and the Heat were ducking the process after Gotcha Legal Services process server Chris Yeoman alleged that team was “unprofessional” and would not accept the paperwork.

“When you serve one of the Miami Dolphins players, the head of security always makes sure you are allowed to do your job,” Yeoman said. “The Heat are a bunch of nasty people. It’s obvious they want nothing to do with this case.”

Apparently the team changed its attitude during Game 5.

“I guess the Heat read your story,” Yeoman reportedly told Gossip Extra. “We figured we’d try it again and we went back to the arena. This time, their lawyer came out and was very nice and polite, and accepted service for Riley. Everything suddenly became very easy.”

Funches is seeking to determine what portion of the marital assets she is entitled to, and Riley is expected to have to provide information about Wade’s financial situation during the trial. The two are already legally divorced.

Personally, I tend to agree with our friend Robert Littal at Black Sports Online about Funches’ chances. The fact that she’s using a company called Gotcha Legal Services has to create some skepticism.

Pat Riley: Danny Ainge needs to STFU and manage his own team

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Pat Riley issued possibly the statement of the year when he told Danny Ainge to shut the f— up and mind his own business.

Ainge upset Riley by saying Thursday on WEEI’s “Salk & Holley” show that it was embarrassing for LeBron James to complain about calls like he did after the Miami Heat lost to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.

“I think the referees got the calls right. I don’t think it was a hard foul,” Ainge said of the calls involving LeBron. “I think the one involving LeBron against Boozer, that was flagrant. I think the officials got it right.

“I think that it’s almost embarrassing that LeBron would complain about officiating,” the Boston Celtics GM added.

The Heat president responded through a team spokesman Friday with the statement of the century.

“Danny Ainge needs to shut the f— up and manage his own team. He was the biggest whiner going when he was playing and I know that because I coached against him.”

Word of Riley’s blast got back to Ainge, who admitted Riley was right.

“I would say we’re both right,” he said. “LeBron should quit complaining; I complained as a player and I should manage my own team. We’re both right.

“Pat Riley’s right. I should manage my own team. I complained a lot to the officials. And I’m right, LeBron should be embarrassed about how he complains about the calls he gets.”

What’s the takeaway here aside from the epic smack exchanged between the two? This says a lot about why so many players love Riley. FOX Sports Florida’s Chris Tomasson has some great quotes from Jerry Stackhouse who admired Riley for standing up for his player. Retired tennis player Andy Roddick echoed Stackhouse’s thoughts.

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Pat Riley’s nickname for LeBron James is ‘B.O.A.T.’ (Best of all time)

It goes without saying that Miami Heat team president Pat Riley thinks very highly of LeBron James. He brought LeBron to South Beach and was rewarded with an NBA championship a year later. Now that the monkey is off King James’ back and the Heat have won a ring with him, the possibilities are endless.

But even before LeBron captured his first Larry O’Brien Trophy, Riley had already given him the ultimate compliment. From Lee Jenkins Sports Illustrated story naming LeBron the 2012 Sportsman of the Year:

Pat Riley stood in the mouth of the tunnel at Boston’s TD Garden (before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals), between the court and the locker room, and waited for the Boat. That’s what he calls LeBron James — “You know,” Riley explains, “best of all time” — an acronym he conjured to remind the planet’s preeminent basketball player of frontiers still to be conquered. “Hey, Boat,” Riley will say. “How is the Boat doing today?” James will reflexively laugh and shake his head because he is not the Boat, at least not yet.

Whether he agrees with Riley or not, it would seem evident that LeBron enjoys having his ego stroked. He dropped 45 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in Game 6, all on a night where the Heat were facing elimination and the prospect of LeBron’s critics growing by an infinite amount was staring him right in the face.

LeBron may be the most talented player in the NBA, but until he wins multiple championships he will never be considered the best of all time. As Kobe Bryant so courteously reminded him, one is hardly enough. Two won’t be, either, given how many Kobe and Michael Jordan have. As we mentioned before, James proved last season that he should no longer be criticized for not being clutch. That doesn’t mean he’s anywhere close to being the “Boat” just yet.

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Pat Riley is surprised people hate the Heat so much, says it was tough to overcome

Most people understand why everyone hates the Miami Heat. For starters, they’re good. They brought together some of the league’s best superstars and so far have accomplished exactly what they set out to accomplish with a trip to the Finals followed by an NBA championship. Then, there’s LeBron James. People hated LeBron long before “The Decision,” but that charade put him among the most hated athletes of all time. Dwyane Wade’s childlike antics at times this season haven’t helped either. Pat Riley, however, doesn’t understand where all the hatred came from.

“The unexpected was the absolute national, I think, disdain,” Riley said during an interview with Dan LeBatard on 790 The Ticket in Miami. “That was surprising. I was on a team that people loved and hated and coached it in L.A. I coached against a number of teams, like the Celtics and Detroit that there was the same kind of national disdain.

“But in today’s modern age, when you put together a team like this with these kinds of players who are really good people — LeBron and Chris and Dwyane, these are good people. … I think that’s the one unexpected and I think it was such a heavy weight on our guys … that it really created a tremendous amount of angst.”

Pat must be forgetting about the Three Kings intro party that was held in South Beach and LeBron’s famous “not one, not two, not three, not 15″ speech. Is all of the hate warranted? Hardly, but Riley has been around long enough that it shouldn’t surprise him one bit. Like Chris Bosh said last season, hating Miami is the cool thing to do.

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Pat Riley and Alonzo Mourning seemed extremely uncomfortable in the all Thunder crowd (Video)

The atmosphere at Oklahoma City Thunder games is considered the best in the NBA (even if Chris Bosh is unimpressed), so you can imagine how uncomfortable things were for Heat executives Pat Riley and Alonzo Mourning, who were sitting in the middle of the OKC crowd during the Thunder’s Game 1 comeback in the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.

Just look at Riley’s cross-armed reaction as he and Zo saw victory slip away while everyone surrounding them went bonkers.

When girls next to you are pointing and laughing, you know it’s time to go:

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Pat Riley sings ‘My Girl’ during Karaoke charity event (Video)

If I wanted to take the easy approach, I could just rip Pat Riley apart for having pitch problems and being completely out of tune. But I’m not Simon Cowell. And let’s be honest — there have been far worse karaoke performances by professional athletes and coaches over the years. As you can see from the video above shared by Hot Hot Hoops, the Heat president busted out his rendition of “My Girl” during a charity event in Miami on Tuesday. The full audio of his performance can be heard here.

According to Heat writer Ethan J. Skolnick, Riley offered to donate $10,000 before he began singing if they didn’t make him go through with it. As you can see, the people were not interested in his money (I’m guessing he made a pretty generous donation, anyway). If you ask me, Riley gets the nod over Pau Gasol when it comes to charity karaoke.

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