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Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 9:50 am  |  16 responses

Pat Riley Wants to Keep the Miami Heat Intact


Much like LeBron James, Pat Riley doesn’t envision or want too many changes in South Beach. The Miami Heat’s team president likes things just the way they are, and wants to keep the good times rolling while improving the team largely from within. Per Fox Sports and the Miami Herald: “I like our team, and we don’t like change,’ Riley said Wednesday. ‘There are times that it’s necessary to change but we don’t feel like it’s necessary to change.’ Riley said the Heat, as expected, will pick up the $4 million team option on point guard Mario Chalmers’ contract, and that move was announced later in the day. He said he does not expect the Heat will release guard Mike Miller as part of the NBA’s amnesty provision. And he wants to bring back center Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen, who becomes a free agent Monday, and guard Ray Allen, who could opt out of his contact and also become a free agent. […] While he is intrigued by (Greg) Oden, Riley downplayed that Miami needs to sign another big man. He pointed out that three years ago, after Miami’s Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had joined forces, that Heat brought in Ilgauskas and Erick Dampier to join holdover Jamaal Magloire, and coach Erik Spoelstra barely used any of the centers. ‘We didn’t have any problems against (Roy) Hibbert,’ said Riley, shrugging off the Indiana center having averaged 22.1 points and 10.4 rebounds against Miami in the Eastern Conference Finals. […] ‘We need to improve,’ Riley said. ‘Erik [Spoelstra] and I have already had two conversations about … because we’re a little older, they have to come back leaner, lighter, stronger, quicker and faster, so when you get a little bit older, you’ve got to dedicate yourself to diet and conditioning and training and becoming a better player skill-wise.’ For LeBron James, that means an offseason dedicated to the one aspect of his game that could use significant improvement, his free-throw shooting. James shot 75.3 percent from the foul line last season, which was his lowest percentage in five years. ‘Our goal now is to get him up over 90 percent from the free-throw line — or he will take that on as a goal — and then Erik’s goal is to get him back to attempting 12 free throws a game,’ Riley said, ‘if the league will ever stop allowing players to tackle him at half court.’”

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  • Caboose

    Well, no f*cking sh*t, Sherlock.

  • OfftheWall87

    LeBron can do everything, but Indiana is a point guard away from being trouble and Chicago will beat them up inside. Surprised they’re going to keep playing small and not really go after a center.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I think as long as you have everyone and I mean EVERYONE committed to rebounding you should be fine. Hell they’ve won the last two years playing small so I think they’ll be fine.

  • OfftheWall87

    I think Indiana would have beaten them if they had someone who could dribble the ball and run the offense.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I don’t disagree with your argument there. Indiana had a terrible time attempting to get in their offense.

  • RunNGun

    As long as they don’t mind paying the luxury tax, no problem! :)

  • spit hot fiyah

    george hill is not that terrible, he did have a bad series though. indiana’s real problem is their pathetic bench and lack of shooter

  • spit hot fiyah

    “‘We didn’t have any problems against (Roy) Hibbert,’ said Riley”

  • OfftheWall87

    He’s not a point guard.

  • spit hot fiyah

    he is the de facto pg, but they would probably be better off with a true 1. to me, the bench is still a bigger problem

  • Melvin flynt

    Miami just needs to pick up Greg Oden, jj hickson and Chauncey billups mr big shot, get rid of Joel Anthony & jermaine jones… And re sign bird man!!!… Gotta to defend those boards next year..! Lets go heat nation!

  • spit hot fiyah

    wont be hard to get rid of jermaine jones since they don’t have a player with that name

  • Melvin flynt

    Peeps may say whatever they like at the end of the day Miami heat are back 2 back world champs 2 times….”!

  • OfftheWall87

    Bench or no bench, they have a roster capable of getting to the Finals if they get a real PG. Having a better bench would just make it easier.

  • Lloyd

    Does he? Does he really? He wants to keep together the team that won back to back championships for him? Something doesn’t add up….

  • Basketball Coach

    ouch that must’ve hurt directed to a true Heat fan.

    http://basketballcoach.ca/

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