Pat Riley says he will not return to coaching
Riley said Tuesday he will not return to coaching and offered his support for Spoelstra, who has compiled a 148-98 record in three seasons with the Heat.
"It doesn't mean I don't have the fire," Riley said. "But we've got a great young coach here."
Riley, who last coached in the league in 2008, said the Heat had "a great year" as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh pushed Miami to within two victories of the NBA title.
Of course, Lakers fans fondly remember Riley as the team's "Showtime" era director, guiding Magic Johnson & Co. to four NBA titles in the 1980s.
-- Austin Knoblauch
Photo: Miami Heat President Pat Riley watches from the sidelines during Game 6 of the NBA Finals between Miami and Dallas. Credit: Robert Duyos /MCT