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By Neil Best and Neil Best,Newsday | June 16, 1995
NEW YORK -- After four seasons during which he led the New York Knicks from mediocrity to the brink of an NBA championship, Pat Riley resigned yesterday as the team's coach, citing philosophical differences with management over the scope of his power.Madison Square Garden president Dave Checketts said he was surprised by the reasons Riley gave, calling them "unfair" and "not factual."It was a sudden, confusing conclusion to one of the most successful eras in Knicks history."While the decision was extremely difficult and was made with great soul-searching and sadness, I am convinced that this is in the best interest of both parties," Riley said in a statement released by a public relations firm.
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October 21, 2012
Way too early to say Ira Winderman Sun Sentinel LeBron James will play where he feels most comfortable, and where he sees himself having the best chance to win. And if anyone has any idea about that in October 2012, they should scout out a sports book that offers futures lines for two seasons down the road. With the looming luxury tax and Dwyane Wade's lagging legs, even the Heat don't know where they'll stand in July 2014. And with legitimate uncertainty about whether Kobe Bryant truly will step away after 2013-14, the Lakers' future payroll remains in flux.
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January 4, 2007
Good morning -- Pat Riley -- When you get that surgery, will you receive a designer artificial hip?
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January 20, 2011
Enough already Shandel Richardson Sun Sentinel Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has been asked this question all season. When responding, he always gives the same answer: "I think we have enough. " Spoelstra should quit thinking and just say the Heat has enough. The question has resurfaced because Miami has lost four straight games. Never mind the Heat won 21 of the previous 22. This is the Heat, where every stretch of the season is analyzed like college football by fans and media.
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May 18, 1993
Pat Riley, who molded seven new players into a winning mix for the New York Knicks, was named NBA Coach of the Year for the second time yesterday in the closest vote in the award's 31-year history. Riley edged Houston's Rudy Tomjanovich by one vote in balloting by 98 NBA writers and broadcasters -- three from each league city and 17 representing the national media.Riley, in his second season with the Knicks, led the team to a 60-22 record, matching the winningest mark in the club's 47-year history.
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December 14, 2005
"It's not only great players who have trouble walking away from the game. Great coaches do, too. ... There is no rational explanation for a 60-year-old to delay hip surgery and put his house plans on hold so he can try and convince a group of pampered millionaires to play harder than they have been." Tim Dahlberg Associated Press, on the coaching return of Pat Riley (above) "I would go to battle with T.O. any day of the week. A lot of people don't understand him." Freddie Mitchell Former Philadelphia Eagles receiver, on his ex-teammate, Terrell Owens
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By Peter Finney Jr. and Peter Finney Jr.,New York Daily News | May 23, 1991
NEW YORK -- As secrets go, this was less confidential than a wiretapped phone call.Megaphone, anyone?The New York Knicks yesterday made their Pat Riley intentions official by formally offering their head coaching position to the former Los Angeles Lakers coach. Knicks president Dave Checketts said Riley, who won four NBA titles in the 1980s, would be given a "reasonable amount of time" to decide if he wants to accept the long-term offer."Pat Riley is the choice," Checketts said. "We are going to offer him the job. There is no time frame, but we are going to give him a reasonable amount of time to make his decision."
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By Compiled from news service and Web reports | September 22, 2008
So maybe instant karma isn't gonna get you. The Food Court Lunch blog proposes the idea that "what goes around, comes around" doesn't seem to apply when it comes to sports and lists several examples of "karmic anomalies." Here are some of them: * Phil Mickelson: "Three majors wins. Thirty-four PGA Tour wins. Perhaps the greatest left-handed golfer ever. And, by all accounts, a monumental [a word here that can appear in b, but not here]. So annoying, in fact, that he makes Vijay Singh seem palatable."
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By Curtis G. Bunn and Curtis G. Bunn,Newsday | May 3, 1991
NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks are preparing to make an all-out effort to lure former Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley back into coaching now that John MacLeod has moved on to Notre Dame, according to a team source.Basically, the job is Riley's, the source said. But to get Riley, who led the Lakers to four NBA championships in the 1980s, Paramount Communications, owner of the Knicks, would have to dig deeply into its considerable cash flow.Riley earns about $450,000 a year as a studio analyst for NBC during the NBA season, but makes a substantial amount of money in speaking engagements.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | December 11, 1995
Fact: Cal Ripken is 62 games shy of retired Hiroshima Carp third baseman Sachio Kinugasa's world record of 2,215 consecutive games played. Barring rainouts, injuries and work stoppages, Ripken would tie the record on June 12 at Detroit and break it on June 13 at Kansas City.Opinion: My Final Four prediction (clip 'n' save): Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona, UConn.Fact: Says sports agent Jack Sands: "I have represented over 300 players in the last 25 years, people like Ozzie Smith and Carlton Fisk and Dwight Evans, extraordinarily fine people on and off the field.
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By Compiled from news service and Web reports | September 22, 2008
So maybe instant karma isn't gonna get you. The Food Court Lunch blog proposes the idea that "what goes around, comes around" doesn't seem to apply when it comes to sports and lists several examples of "karmic anomalies." Here are some of them: * Phil Mickelson: "Three majors wins. Thirty-four PGA Tour wins. Perhaps the greatest left-handed golfer ever. And, by all accounts, a monumental [a word here that can appear in b, but not here]. So annoying, in fact, that he makes Vijay Singh seem palatable."
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January 10, 2008
Pat Riley has no definitive plans to go anywhere, dismissing published reports that he was leaning toward vacating his coaching role with the Miami Heat after the season to focus on his front-office duties. Riley said before Miami's game last night against the Milwaukee Bucks that he was being philosophical when talking about the dual roles he holds, and about potentially stepping aside. "I always re-evaluate," Riley said. "I'm one of those guys, a good old Irish Catholic who worries a lot, so I re-evaluate all the time.
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January 4, 2007
Good morning -- Pat Riley -- When you get that surgery, will you receive a designer artificial hip?
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June 22, 2006
Bruce Springsteen was blaring through the speakers. "Come on up for the rising," the Boss crooned. And in the middle of a packed Dallas hotel ballroom early yesterday morning, Pat Riley, sore hip and all, danced with joy. That was the song played in the Miami Heat's home arena just before tip-off of every NBA Finals game, a song Riley referenced often around his team, part of the never-ending motivational ploys that, at long last, carried the Heat to...
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By DAVID STEELE | June 4, 2006
Pat Riley kept saying it wasn't about him. The coach and vice president of the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat hasn't been wrong about much this season, even if the way he got to where he is has a lot of wrong about it. But on the night the team he built finally reached the NBA Finals, he was wrong about whose victory this really was. It was a win for Shaquille O'Neal - but Riley pulled the trigger on one of the great thefts of all time, from...
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By IRA WINDERMAN and IRA WINDERMAN,SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | May 1, 2006
Depending on the whims of Charlotte Bobcats coach/president Bernie Bickerstaff, something remarkable could happen on the NBA sidelines this offseason. Nothing. A league that changes coaches more often than the Heat changes playoff color schemes could wind up returning each of the 30 who ended the season on the bench. Almost all of those in the most tenuous positions - from Golden State's Mike Montgomery to Atlanta's Mike Woodson to Toronto's Sam Mitchell to Minnesota's Dwane Casey to Seattle's Bob Hill - have received recent votes of confidence.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | July 13, 1996
A delegation from the Miami Heat -- led by coach and team president Pat Riley -- met with Juwan Howard and his agent for three hours early yesterday in an attempt to persuade the free-agent forward to head south.The Heat was the last team to meet with Howard during the initial rounds of talks, which began with the Bullets on Thursday evening and ended with a session with the Heat that ended at 5 a.m. yesterday.Miami is the team with the most money to spend during the free-agent sweepstakes (a reported $13.1 million)
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By DAVID STEELE | December 18, 2005
Once upon a time - actually, thrice upon a time - Pat Riley walked away from a team he had coached to the very top, or near it, at least partly because the players he had pushed to the limit had tired of having their buttons pushed so hard and so often. Riley wasn't the first, or last, coach to sense that his message, after having delivered it at such an intense pitch for so long, was being tuned out. He was one of the first to acknowledge it, though. Most recently, he copped out two years ago when he quit the Miami Heat four days before the season began, saying the team "needs a new voice, a new energy, a new philosophy."
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December 14, 2005
"It's not only great players who have trouble walking away from the game. Great coaches do, too. ... There is no rational explanation for a 60-year-old to delay hip surgery and put his house plans on hold so he can try and convince a group of pampered millionaires to play harder than they have been." Tim Dahlberg Associated Press, on the coaching return of Pat Riley (above) "I would go to battle with T.O. any day of the week. A lot of people don't understand him." Freddie Mitchell Former Philadelphia Eagles receiver, on his ex-teammate, Terrell Owens
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