Heat’s Pat Riley throws shade at MVP’s, scoring titles
For NBA legend and Miami Heat president Pat Riley, Most Valuable Player awards and scoring titles do not mean anything without an NBA title.
Riley uttered the strong missive in a recent interview, giving insight into the mind of one of the legends of the game.
“You know, I mean, you can be dominant and win Scoring titles and be an MVP but if you’re not a champion, then what the hell is it worth?” Pat Riley said in an interview.
Pat Riley says scoring titles and MVPs mean nothing if you’re not a champion 🏆 pic.twitter.com/24uZfTNA7G
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) August 10, 2020
Whether you agree with Pat Riley or not, one has to note that the 75-year-old has six NBA rings in his resume — one as a player, one as an assistant coach, five as a head coach, and three as an executive.
He won four of those titles coaching the “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers squad which featured legends like Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabar. And the three he won as an executive were done in partnership with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh. So Riley really knows what he’s talking about.
Perhaps Riley’s statement reveals what his mindset is for this season. After all, not a single Heat player is in the running for MVP or the scoring title. Bam Adebayo is a favorite to win the Most Improved Player but it seems that Riley doesn’t really care about it.
Be as it may, analysts believe that the Heat are the dark horse team to win it this year. Whether that comes true is a matter of wait-and-see. But as long as Riley is in the fold, the Heat always has a chance.