TAG: Pat Riley

NBA / Nov 29, 2012 / 12:00 pm

The 10 Best NBA Team Rivalries Of All Time

Larry Bird, Magic Johnson

The word “rival” is lost in the NBA today. Too often we see camaraderie between players on opposing teams. With the growing presence of AAU basketball, the players have gotten closer and closer.

AAU isn’t the only thing that brings the players together as one. The Olympic basketball experience has done it as well. Obviously when these guys are all on the same team, they must get along in some capacity, but the 2012 NBA champion Miami Heat were formed because of a rumored plan that was created during an Olympic run in 2008 by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Nov 1, 2012 / 3:00 pm

Bidding Basketball: How To Be A Superfan In The Pacific Division

Golden State Warriors

Golden State Warriors (photo. nba-jersey-king)

The 2012-13 NBA regular season is finally upon us. For fans, this means it’s time to re-up on your team’s merchandise. Anyone can go to the nearest sporting goods store and pick up a brand new jersey or hat, but what about the unique collectibles that separate the dyed-in-the-wool fan from the bandwagon supporter? These can be found on eBay. In the days leading up to, and after, NBA tip-off, Bidding Basketball will scavenge the online auction site’s “infinite inventory of NBA junk” for rare, memorable and/or quirky basketball memorabilia from every team around the league. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Sep 19, 2012 / 11:30 am

Pat Riley’s New Miami Condo Is Nicer Than Wherever You Live

Pat Riley's condo

(photo. Gossip Extra)

The next time Miami Heat president Pat Riley needs to sell a superstar free agent on all that South Florida can offer, he just needs to take him up to his new condo for the view. The stunning $11.75-million penthouse makes Kentucky’s eye-popping Coal Lodge look like a true college dorm. Read More »

NBA / Sep 11, 2012 / 2:00 pm

Does The NBA Need Phil Jackson Back? Dime Debates

Phil Jackson

We thought it, too. When the Lakers bowed out of the Western Conference Semifinals in 2011 in acrimonious fashion against the Mavericks, it was at the front of our mind: Phil Jackson can’t go out like this, can he? Jackson, with his children in the stands wearing hats commemorating his 11 NBA titles as a coach, had dominated with cool precision in Chicago and Los Angeles. But now the Lakers were frustrated, knocking over J.J. Barea and turning any thought of playing D in Big D into a joke. Read More »

NBA / Aug 7, 2012 / 11:15 am

Pat Riley, Miami & The Struggle Of Repeating As NBA Champions

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh (photo. David Alvarez)

Throughout his career in the NBA Pat Riley has won. Besides Red Auerbach and Phil Jackson, no coach has been more successful and certainly no man has won as much while wearing the tripartite hats: player, coach and now general manager. The only caveat to all that winning is attempting to duplicate the feat with everyone gunning for you in the next year. Riley has had three chances to repeat with the Lakers and once – before this year – to repeat with the Heat. The hard-nosed and dictatorial demeanor earlier in his coaching career has mellowed with time, and his front office tactics have allowed him both the distance and the experience to construct (rather than instruct) his teams. Now he’ll get another chance to repeat, and for once, he won’t be coaching. Read More »

Smack / Aug 5, 2012 / 11:00 pm

Jeremy Lin Says Says Asian Players Have To Work Harder; The U.S. Women Rout China

Jeremy Lin

It goes without saying that Jeremy Lin is a smart guy. Having Harvard on your credentials makes that sort of a no-brainer. When the new Houston guard visited Taiwan during his first visit to see where his parents were born, Lin — born and raised in the U.S. but clearly cognizant of international relations — slipped a question Sunday during press availability about whether he’s Chinese or Taiwanese like a bad halfcourt trap. Read More »

Smack / Aug 3, 2012 / 12:01 am

Team USA Wipes Nigeria Off The Map; Miami Doesn’t Need A Veteran Center

Kevin Love and Team USA got Carmelo Anthony

It was never a secret U.S. vs. Nigeria was never going to be close. The betting line grew to 42 points before the game, which seemed like it could be high even for a mismatch like this, the best team in the world against the team making its Olympic debut. First, the Team USA was totally off-mark shooting from the short international three-point line, a trend that looked worse with a pretty sluggish start to the first quarter against Tunisia. Then, you figured Nigeria was going to play inspired in its Olympic debut against the U.S. It turns out the line was ridiculous Read More »

Smack / Jul 7, 2012 / 2:30 am

Ray Allen Joins The Heat; Joe Johnson Brought Deron Williams to Brooklyn

Ray Allen

Crank up the Willenium because Ray Allen is Miami bound and needs a welcome. Just when we thought all the pieces were coming back together for the Celtics, their sharpshooter is bolting for the Heat to win a title, at albeit lower price. It’s kind of a shock considering how comfortable he’d been in Boston and how well his group of teammates had worked together to get them to three conference finals and two NBA Finals during their time. And it’s another coup for Pat Riley and the Heat, even though we all know Allen, who turns 37 this month, is diminished physically and his defense was exposed like a glass house without curtains in the playoffs because of ankle trouble. Read More »

NBA, Video / Jun 13, 2012 / 8:45 am

Video: Alonzo Mourning & Pat Riley Want To Be Anywhere But Oklahoma City

Pat Riley and Alonzo Mourning

Look familiar? It’s not deja vu in Oklahoma City; this really is the second time TV has caught an opposing GM looking like he’s just seen a ghost from his seat in Chesapeake Energy Arena this postseason. First it was the Lakers’ Mitch Kupchak looking stunned and lonely on elimination night in the Western Conference Semifinals. Tuesday night, Heat architects Alonzo Mourning and Pat Riley were caught amid a sea of blue looking, well, pissed. Read More »

Smack / Jun 13, 2012 / 12:00 am

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook Destroy Miami In Game 1 Of The NBA Finals

Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook

Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook (photo. Rob Hammer)

If the rest of the NBA Finals go anything like Game 1, LeBron James is going to have one crappy summer. As for his critics, could it have been scripted any better? Miami comes out scorching before the duo we dubbed the best since Shaq and Kobe completely dominate the second half. Yep, sounds a lot like a Skip Bayless wet dream. After trailing for almost all of the first 36 minutes, OKC went off in the fourth quarter to secure Game 1, 105-94. Read More »