Pat Riley On The Miami Heat: “Everybody needs to get a grip”
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
The Miami Heat team president Pat Riley held a 55-minute “state of the franchise” press conference Thursday morning, which was broadcast live on ESPN and NBATV.
There is a whirlwind of questions and controversy surrounding the organization on whether the Heat’s Big 3 model will still be intact, if that model needs to be thrown out the window and more importantly the status of the team’s biggest star LeBron James. Shane Battier has already officially announced his retirement and there is still a big question mark on whether three-ball threat Ray Allen is going to retire and if Dwyane Wade‘s legs can handle another season
can the Heat handle another year of his contract?
Riley just watched his franchise fall three wins shy of a three-peat and now it seems like everything went from sugar to s*it in a matter of seconds. Yet, Riley is not in panic mode like the rest of the world seems to be.
“Pat Riley, “I think we need to have a perspective about things. I think everybody needs to get a grip.” (Ira Winderman’s Twitter account, @IraHeatBeat)
The need for improvement is not hidden by Riley after the Spurs exposed the Heat, but that improvement may not have to be as dramatic as everyone thinks.
“We need to retool. Not rebuild. We need to retool. And that’s what we’re going to do.” -Riley” (Joseph Goodman’s Twitter account, @JoeGoodmanJr)
Perhaps taking a page from Popovich and the Spurs, after Kawhi Leonard‘s breakout MVP performance in the finals, Riley says:
“I think the team needs to be layered with some young guys.”
Yes, the Heat need younger talent, especially a young point guard, whom he mentioned James Ennis.
“Riley calls the talk about a 4th star “a pipedream,” …. “but everybody thought 2010 was a pipedream.” (Ethan J. Skolnick’s Twitter account, @EthanJSkolnick)
Yet, the biggest question is directed at Miami’s Big 3. Will they all return for the 2014-2015 season. Lebron, Wade and Bosh all have early termination options in their contracts and could easily “take their talents” to greener, championship-contending pastures this Summer.
If they are going to stay, their deals may have to be restructured to be more cap-friendly so that young talent can be brought in to reinvigorate the oldest team in the league.
Riley is assuming that the trio will return and that money will not be an issue in keeping them together:
“Riley on Big 3 coming back: “I’m an Irish guy that believes in big dreams. I’m optimistic. Until that’s proven different…” (Ethan J. Skolnick’s Twitter account, @EthanJSkolnick)
“Mickey (Arison) will do anything to get those guys to come back,” Riley said. Riley added its “BS” to think Arison won’t pay luxury tax.” (Marc J. Spears’ Twitter account, @SpearsNBAYahoo)
The biggest question is LeBron James himself. Will he return or will he run? Is that going to a part of HIS legacy? We are going to have to wait and see as the drama unfolds on South Beach.
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