Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 at 9:50 am  |  8 responses

Pat Riley Drank and Watched Film With Heat Coaches after Game 3 Loss

The San Antonio Spurs nailed a ton of threes and ran the Miami Heat out of the building in a 113-77 Game 3 thumping. After one of the worst losses in NBA Finals history, Heat president Pat Riley provided the calming influence (and the booze.) Per the Sun-Sentinel: “I was despondent,’ Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra. ‘I was beside myself.’ So he went back to his hotel suite to break down some game film. Video coordinator Dan Craig was there too. About 20 minutes later, there was a knock at the door. There stood Heat president Pat Riley with three bottles of wine and an offering of help. ‘So we gave him a laptop and he helped us break down film in a role reversal from 2006,’ said Spoelstra, a Heat assistant coach under Riley back then. ‘It was one of the most special moments in my professional career.’ The Heat came back to win Game 4 by a comfortable 109-93 margin. It speaks to the growth of Spoelstra’s relationship with Riley. ‘For the first two years he didn’t know my name,’ Spoelstra said. ‘Working so many hats for him and eventually becoming his assistant and it coming full circle.’”

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  • OfftheWall87

    Cool story.

  • RyanDeahn

    Machiavelli guiding his protege.

  • spit hot fiyah


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  • RayJr

    “The first two years he didn’t know my name”…Talk about starting from the bottom now we here. Congrats Spo.

  • bike

    So the Heat winning the chip came down to a tender moment between The President and The Coach where they shared a laugh or two, got drunk, and plotted a strategy to get a decapitated horse’s head into Danny’s bed.

  • roscoe

    but, really, what happened?

    we all know something else went down… right?

  • Al

    More like Riley stormed in the room cursed me out said I was losing it all for us then he showed me exactly what I was doing wrong and we won another championship.