Pat Riley might be trying to build one last superteam with Heat
There is perhaps no coach or executive in the NBA with a more interesting or dramatic trajectory than Pat Riley, who won multiple titles coaching the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980’s, nearly won a championship with the New York Knicks in the early 1990’s, then jumped ship and lit the bridge behind him by joining the Miami Heat. The former coach, now team president of the Heat, 74, helmed the 2006 championship team in South Beach and, as the chief executive, built the “Big 3” back-to-back champion Heat teams in the 2010’s.
What’s next for Pat Riley? It could be one last hurrah and building another superteam in Miami, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, speaking on SiriusXM NBA Radio on Tuesday.
“If you’re fortunate enough to be a type of franchise that can do that—you have clout and ability in this day and age of the NBA—and Pat Riley, even at 75 years old was on the cutting edge, and I believe they are dangerous going forward.
“They’ve got two All-Stars now. Bam Adebayo is an All-Star. Watch out over the 12-18 months as he might try to build one last superteam in Miami.”
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) January 14, 2020
Windhorst, known for exclusive insider coverage of Lakers star LeBron James during his first stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers and his decision to go to the Heat, is now predicting within the next year and a half Riley assembles another Big 3 in Miami. The reporter also mentions two All-Stars already exist on head coach Erik Spoelstra’s—veteran swingman Jimmy Butler, who was acquired in the offseason in a sign-and-trade with the Philadelphia 76ers, and third-year center Bam Adebayo, who is really coming on and maturing in the 2019-20 season.
Perhaps before Riley turns the page on this chapter of his NBA career as an executive he’d like to form one last superteam, with one more piece missing to be true title contenders.