Pat Riley Receives Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award

by June 19, 2012

Miami Heat President Pat Riley has been selected for the 2012 NBA Coaches Association Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award, which commemorates the longtime NBA coach’s life in basketball and his “standard of integrity, competitive excellence and tireless promotion” of the game. The award will be presented to Riley tonight at 8 p.m. before Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder. From “Riley and Daly were rivals as coaches, eventually became close friends and now they’re linked once again. The National Basketball Coaches Association selected Riley as this year’s recipient of the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award. Riley is the fifth person to receive the award, joining Tommy Heinsohn in 2009, Jack Ramsay and Tex Winter in 2010 and Lenny Wilkens in 2011. ‘This is not an award,’ Riley said. ‘This is something somebody bestows on you. I’m very honored that the coaches association would do this.’ Riley has been part of the NBA for more than 40 years, with 1,210 wins and 21 playoff appearances as a head coach, a slew of charitable undertakings in Miami, Los Angeles and New York — and his team often speaks to how much they enjoy simply being around him.”