But he’ll take you to the playoffs. And he’ll do it for 3 more seasons in his dual role as Miami Heat president/coach.:
“After the two rebuilding years, I was absolutely burnt. Three or four years ago, I was looking to get out of it totally. I don’t feel that way anymore. When I was going through those two years of losing, I just wanted to go to Mt. Everest. I didn’t have any joy. That’s changed.”
Riley, who said he has no health problems, said it’s ”purely coincidental” that Shaquille O’Neal’s contract also runs three more years and that Dwyane Wade can opt out of his contract at that point, too.
Pure coincidence. Anyway, the Heat are probably better for having Riley at the helm on and off the court. There’s no denying that he’s one of the better coaches out there, and certainly knows how to use veteran players (of which the Heat have plenty). I guess the thing to look out for is whether said veteran players start to regress or whether they feel reinvigorated for at least another season or two. Shaquille O’Neal certainly slowed down in 06-7, they brought in Penny freakin’ Hardaway for the upcoming season, and Antoine Walker and Jason Williams are both on the wrong side of 30.
I guess we’ll find out if Pat Riley can continue to take them to the playoffs. Chris Rock may have to update his joke.