Pat Riley explains what he actually meant by saying 2020 title will always have ‘asterisk’

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Miami Heat team president Pat Riley has decided to clarify his out-of-context remarks that an asterisk should be attached to this year’s NBA championship.

The Heat lost the finals in six games to the Los Angeles Lakers, with key injuries to both forward Bam Adebayo and guard Goran Dragic handicapping the Heat’s chances in the series.

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.

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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.