Pat Riley Reveals ‘Most Shocking’ Moment of His Heat Tenure

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Pat Riley has seen it all during his 22 years in South Beach with the Miami Heat. From great triumphs, like the 2006 championship run, to bitter endings, like Dwyane Wade‘s sudden departure and Chris Bosh‘s bout with blood clots, the former coach has seen it all.

This week he revealed the most shocking moment during his entire time with Heat. During an interview with Yahoo! Sports about Magic Johnson, Riley called LeBron James‘ abrupt return to Cleveland the “most shocking” change to the franchise.

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“Since I came here, we’ve had the same owner, same president, two coaches, same support staff. We’ve got a bunch of guys working for us who played for us. Players come and go, great players,” Riley said. “When LeBron left, that was the most shocking thing to me – not to say he was right or wrong – and the most shocking thing to the franchise. But our culture is the same. You have your up years and your down years, but what can’t change is the way you do things.”

Even though the Heat have not been in contention for a championship since James’ departure, Riley does not plan to retire without one last title run.

“We’ll see how we do over the last 20 games,” Riley said, while making it clear that an eighth seed would be a moral victory, a tasty appetizer in comparison to a title run.

The Heat are currently just 1.5 games behind the Detroit Pistons for the final playoff spot and will face James’ Cavaliers on Monday night.
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Atreya is currently attending Purdue University and loves to watch and follow the NBA. He grew up in Alabama so he loves his Auburn Tigers just as much as he does the Miami Heat. He’s been a huge fan of the team since that magical 2006 title run and still believes Dwyane Wade can drop 50 on any given night. He’s extremely excited to be writing about the team he loves and keeping Heat Nation up to date on all things Heat. You can follow him on Twitter @atreya_verma.