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Pat Riley explains what he actually meant by saying 2020 title will always have ‘asterisk’
- Updated: October 25, 2020
Pat Riley, on how his words Friday have been wildly twisted out of context: “The asterisk is next to the Heat’s name, not the Lakers. Their title is legitimate. Our loss has an asterisk (next) to it. The Lakers were the better team. Period.”
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) October 25, 2020
Riley’s perceived comments were largely dismissed by critics as sour grapes or excuse-making from the losing side, jabs that were no doubt felt by the highly competitive Riley.
Clarifying his remarks may help ease likely outrage from Lakers fans, but it’s clear that Riley is still frustrated over the Heat’s chances being negatively affected by injury.
Still, given the state of the Heat franchise at the end of the 2018-19 season, when the team missed the playoffs, the huge step forward taken by the Heat may help soothe that angst.
Riley will now direct his energies to adding the pieces needed so that the Heat will be able to better deal with such issues next season.