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Rumor: Riley Doesn’t Want To Return To Sidelines

November 30, 2010

No doubt about it, Pat Riley will return if the team keeps up this frenzy pace. Spoelstra is trying his best to manage the stars, but the respect isn’t quite there yet. Riley will be forced to take over. Return Christmas day to LA? Ha.

From Sun Sentinel:

Erik Spoelstra is coach of the Miami Heat. But is he in charge?

It sure doesn’t feel that way these days.

Saturday, it was a closed-door players-only meeting in Dallas, one held in the absence of the third-year coach.

Monday, hours before a who-cares 105-94 victory over the John Wall-less Washington Wizards, it was his supposed prime supporter failing to offer much in the way of support.

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If not Dwyane Wade, then who?

This is about more than shoulders that go bump in the night. The Heat knew going in that LeBron James would be high maintenance. Superstars almost always are.

But pair that with a young, intellectual sideline purist and you have what you have right now, a leadership void that allows the ancillary to dominate.

So reports emerge from within the locker about unease with the sideline guidance, with the same coach who first found a way to get two rotation rookies to the No. 5 playoff seed in 2009 and then a cap-conscious team to that same seed a year ago.

And to the coach’s aid steps . . .

Not a word from Pat Riley, even though a source close to Riley and his family insist that the last thing Riley wants to do right now is return to the sideline.

Even worse, there are words from Wade that make you wonder how much support remains.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2010 12:28 AM

    The speculation and drama you guys are stirring up is OUT OF HAND!!

    Watch the ship get turned and let’s see if you’re writing one of these articles in the post-season.

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