Pat Riley Calls Out Charles Barkley

Miami Heat President Pat Riley is sick and tired of people already bad-mouthing his dream team — especially Charles Barkley.  While Riley has remained quiet to this point and allowed fans, coaches, and analysts to call out the Heat and their new Big Three, it appears he may have reached the boiling point.  In an interview with the Sun-Sentinel on Friday, Riley called out Charles Barkley for saying LeBron James’ one-hour ESPN special was a “punk move.”

Charles Barkley, to me, went way over the top,” Riley said. “I think Charles is probably the only guy in the league that can get away with what he gets away with.

“Calling these guys a bunch of punks is a personal attack. LeBron isn’t that. Dwyane is not, and neither is Chris.”

Considering Barkley can say whatever he wants and flip off cameras and somehow keep his job, Riley has a point.  But that’s just Charles being Charles, and someone like Riley should be used to that by now.  He didn’t stop at Barkley, however.  The former Heat coach went on to call out another former Heat coach, Stan Van Gundy for saying he didn’t know why players want to become a “lap dog” to Dwyane Wade.

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Pat Riley Wants to Reimburse Heat Fans

I’ve already chronicled the mess going on in Miami this season, so this news shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Pat Riley is so embarrassed and disgusted by his team’s play that he made some hyperbolic comments following the loss to Toronto at the Triple A Wednesday night:

“Just a lack of effort and a horrible attitude, the attitude they showed, I should write a check to each season-ticket holder. I should write the check and not even them, because I can’t get them to play hard.”

“The season’s over for them, that’s how they’re playing, some of them,” he said, stopping short of naming names. “There’s just an apathetic approach of ours. It’s so unprofessional, it’s ridiculous.”

Well, that tends to happen when you’re losing. Too bad he didn’t name names — that would’ve been pretty spectacular. This marks the second time recently where Riles gave us a great nugget after a game. Last time it was following a win. This time his reaction was following a loss. A bad one at that. Suffice it to say that the season can’t end quick enough for the Heat. I would be quite surprised to see Riley back after the year and let the team ruin his legacy and ego — this season has become a royal mess for them. Don’t they still have that Dwyane Wade fella?

Pat Riley with the Quote of the Night

Much like most other people in the media, I love it when guys step out of the norm and get creative with their pre or post-game comments. That’s why we love Gilbert Arenas so much — dude says stuff that’s completely off the wall, like when he told us about his pube-shaving incident. Anyway, when the Miami Heat won Tuesday night breaking their 11-game losing streak, head coach Pat Riley could have settled for the typical “It’s nice to finally get a win, hopefully this will set us in motion for the rest of the season so we can finish strong,” or something to that effect. Instead, Riley delivered what was likely the top simile by a coach this year:

“I feel like a mosquito in a nudist colony,” Riley added. “I know what to do. I just don’t know where to start.”

I’ve never even heard anything remotely similar to that line. Where does Riley come up with this crap? Damn, his team may be boring as all holy NBA putridness this year, but at least this dude is providing us with some entertainment. Oh, and Riles, for the record, head for the hottest chick first (not exactly sure how that translates in a locker room situation, however).

D-Wade Calls Out Shaq, Riley Unhappy

The Heat have been nothing short of a mess this year. Not to say that they don’t have plenty of time to turn things around this year — they do — but they’ve still been a mess, and I always love to criticize demented franchises when they’re down. The Heat of course, are no exception. Team leader Dwyane Wade returned to action this week and wasted no time taking Shaq to the woodshed:

“Probably this year more so than any year I have been more vocal with Shaq, talking to him and trying to motivate him,” Wade said Thursday before the Heat left for a game at Boston tonight. “But the main thing is Shaq has got to be self-motivated. He has got to be willing and ready to do it.”

“Even though he is not getting the ball as much as he wants, we need him to help lead this team in other ways, whether it’s rebounding the ball or passing the ball the way he knows how to pass,” Wade said.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before … Shaq being lazy. Hmm. Never would’ve thought it was possible. Meanwhile, Mr. Slick appreciates Wade’s leadership, but doesn’t like him going public with the problem, preferring to keep matters in-house. Naturally. Bottom line: Shaq is nowhere near the player he used to be and is probably lacking the motivation he once had. Still, it’s a long season, and they have plenty of time to get it together. NOT! They’re toast.

(Chest Bump to Matt Watson at NBA FanHouse)

Riley, Wade, Shaq Are Feeling the Heat

The jersey’s unraveling by it’s thread and nobody wants to admit it. Miami’s already lost Game 1 of the series, and the Heat are searching for answers, with Pat Riley taking D-Wade to the woodshed:

‘I’m not going to give him a pass,” Riley said of Wade. “He did not do the job defensively that he had to do. And we just have to face that fact.”

Clearly D-Wade is feeling the pressure as well:

”Coach [Pat Riley] expects the world out of me,” Wade said Sunday. “He expects more out of me than anybody probably ever expected.’

Make no mistake about it — the Heat rode Wade’s hot performance to the title last year. But that magic doesn’t appear to be happening again this year. Luol Deng blew up the spot with a playoff career high 33 on Saturday. Shaq being the sore loser that he is, was bitching about the refs, blaming them for the Heat’s loss. Miami still has plenty of room to turn it around and make a run, but a run won’t get them to the finals this year. And if they do make the run, it will be because of Shaq (who needs to stay on the court), not Wade.