Stan Van Gundy on Pat Riley’s Coaching Future

by May 05, 2010

The man Riles famously stole a coaching gig from in Miami doesn’t like the words coming from his old boss’s mouth, and the position they’ve now put Erik Spoelstra in: “Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy says he feels bad for Heat coach Erik Spoelstra over Riley’s comments. Van Gundy says Riley’s comments will lead to ‘an offseason of speculation on whether or not Pat’s going to coach.’ With the Heat preparing to try to keep Dwyane Wade and lure other All-Star free agents, Riley wouldn’t completely rule out a return to the sideline. Spoelstra was an assistant under Van Gundy in Miami, and the two remain friends. Van Gundy resigned 21 games into the 2005-06 season, citing personal and family reasons. Riley took over, leading the Heat a championship.”