Monday, April 8th, 2013 at 10:50 am  |  23 responses

Pat Riley Wants to Keep the Miami Heat Together for 8-10 Years

It’s a good life—Pat Riley says he wakes up at 11 a.m. most days, walks into his office and finds that he has nothing else to do but gawk at the magnificent team he has assembled (Riley claims that he lets head coach Erik Spoelstra sweat out the daily grind instead). The master plan is to keep the core group intact for a very long and dominant stretch. Per the Sun-Sentinel: “It’s the ultimate dream for me,’ Riley said. ‘It really is. The timing was perfect as far as my age. I haven’t coached for five years. I knew after 2008, the 15-win season, that that was it. But I never realized that I was going to have an opportunity to watch and thoroughly enjoy just the players on the practice court, watching them warming up, watching them playing the game, watch them celebrate, watch them have fun. It’s just been an absolute godsend for me at this stage in my career.’ Riley, who was speaking at the Heat’s annual Family Festival on Sunday, said the next step is turning his attention toward keeping this team together for a few more years. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will become free agents after next season. ‘I want to keep bringing in pieces that are going to complement them and hope we can have one of those 10-year rides,’ Riley said. ‘You think about every team, the Celtics in the 60s, the Lakers in the 80s, the Bulls (in the 90s) and then again the Spurs, those guys have been together for eight, nine, 10 years. If we can keep this group together for eight, nine, 10 years, we’re all going to have some fun. Don’t ever take it for granted. This is a special time.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/bjollz Björn Atli Davíðsson

    yeah that team is pretty good

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    I don’t think Lebron is going to be leaving anytime soon, especially not to a city that burned his jersey and cursed his name. This Heat team has the chance to be the most dominant dynasty since Jordan’s Bulls, and Bron is the leader at the helm of it all. He’d be dumb to throw that away.

    I say ride it out until the team inevitably flames out in 4-5 years.

  • Lloyd

    Their role players have a couple years more in them at best and I can see Chalmers leaving for more money. I can’t see LBJ, DWade, or Bosh leaving, but that doesn’t mean much if they don’t have a good supporting cast.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Not a bad life for Riley. They’re keeping that core

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Wade don’t got much time left.

  • pposse

    There will always be those guys like Shane Battier, and Birdman hopping from good team to good team in order to compete for a ring. 3 HOF’ers, two of which are bonafide superstars are in their prime. They will always be able to get a good supporting cast around them. The appeal of those guys sell itself, there is no damn salesmanship to it anymore (so long as bron, wade and bosh stick together). 7 championships should damn near be expected from these guys.

  • Redd

    Well..when you have 2 superstars and a star who could be a superstar..you better be winning.

    This team always will have an asterisk on it,

  • Conor

    Wade will slow by 2015 and at that point, the most championships they can win will be four. An excellent haul, but not seven.

    Would they replace an aged Wade? Or keep him as a KA-J, in guard form? Their key is Bosh (and James is the catalyst, obviously).

  • bike

    Yeah, enjoy the ride as long as possible. Everyone forgets is all it takes is one serious injury to one of the three stars coupled with some bad luck (see LA) for a season to derail. Savor the moment.

  • pposse

    I have to see it to believe regarding Wade. He’s an all time great sg imo. Behind Kobe and MJ. Plus, he gets to rest 5-6 games at a time at the end of the year since Lebron and Bosh are there. Any time any of them are banged up they give each other ample time to rest, ultimately they add time to each’s career since they are so talented.

    I haven’t seen too many Miami games, and its crazy but very possible looking at how Bosh has only averaged like 7 rebs and 12 shots a game that he doesn’t have much wear and tear on his body and the best of him is yet to come.

  • Caboose

    Good players I predict will become serviceable ring chasers in the coming years a la Battier and Birdman:
    -Jason Terry
    -Jameer Nelson
    -Gerald Wallace
    -Kirk Hinrich
    -Anderson Varejao
    -David West
    -JJ Redick
    -Chris Kaman
    -Tony Allen
    -Carl Landry
    -Luis Scola
    -John Salmons

    These are all cats who have a pretty prominent role now, but will fade soon. I can see the Heat picking up some combination of these guys over the next 2-6 years as they keep their core together.

  • nhm

    i don’t see JET joining the heat though. although it would really really be be funny if he does.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Well…I guess we better throw an asterisk on the 5 championships the Showtime Lakers won and the 3 championships the 80s Celtics won and the 3 championships the late 90s Bulls won. Still talking out of your a** I see.

  • Redd

    Yea…because Pippen was traded for? Because Magic wasn’t drafted? McHale & Bird were traded for right?

    Realize it’s you talking out the side of your neck.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Actually you have to look at it like this players didn’t really feel like they had thepower to move like this. if you can recruit in college you can do it here too

  • Lucentum

    I personally would love to see Calderon on the Heat next year.

  • Lloyd

    Yea but a new load of vets coming in every year doesn’t ensure a good team. Since LBJ is always going to get his, the Heat’s biggest alternate strengths are their team defense and three point shooters. If the team doesn’t have that chemistry to pull off a collective defensive mentality or aren’t used to each other in any offensive system, they won’t succeed. We saw that in the Heat’s first season together.

  • pposse

    they got to the finals in their first year, i expected, i thought the world expected it..but then Lebron (in particular) didn’t even step up and guard Dirk, and capped if off by choking and scoring next to nothing in the fourth quarter. That loss had zero to do with the supporting cast. It should fall squarely on the fact that the best defensive player didn’t even try and guard the best offensive player in the series, even tho he stepped up and guarded D Rose in the ECF.

    A team with Chris Bosh, D Wade, and Bron can be surrounded by bums albeit NBA talented bums, and serviceable big men and will win the championship.

  • Lloyd

    Role players always play a key part. Role players stepping up was a huge part of the Heat winning last year. A team with the core of that Big 3 would always compete, but I’d take a team who plays offensively and defensively as a team over them if that’s all they have.

  • TheTruthKills

    They’re forgetting a few things. First and most importantly the salary cap won’t allow it to happen unless the big 3 all take massive pay cuts. After next season they’ll all probably opt out. And with teams like the Lakers (who will have a ton of cap space) gunning at them I doubt they’ll keep that core together.

  • blackthought

    hope dave zirin is right & the king returns 2 his thrown, that is down in cleveland, ohio – rises them out of the ashes & deliever them a ring – that he`d be the king of kings, and maybe on the verge 2 b called G.O.A.T…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000737581840 Roger William Avila

    Why does it matter how the team was assembled? What a BS excuse … just say your a hater b/c it makes more sense than the way they got assembled .. lol wow

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    exactly lol It doesn’t matter how it happened because they it would have happened one way or another. Everybody who says players were more loyal back then can piss off because player exploitation was such a huge issue back before real free agency arrived. Usually players stayed because they had no other viable option.