Thursday, June 23, 2011

Riley defends Spoelstra and Lebron

The president of the Miami Heat, Pat Riley, defended coach Erik Spoelstra and LeBron James to offer his vision of what happened to the team during the regular season in the NBA Finals, losing to the Dallas Mavericks.

"Apart from not got the league title was historic season for the Heat and therefore must follow the same path," said Riley, 66. "We will have the same coach and there will be few changes in players."

Riley ruled again that goes back to the bench to lead the team next season. "I will not do that," Riley responded to the specific question about his possible return as coach.

"I do not mean it has no enthusiasm to do it, but now there in the office a great young coach and I want to give my support to grow as I did."

Spoelstra concludes the 2011-12 season of the four-year contract he signed to replace Riley.

Riley, who declined to discuss the 15 points the Heat lost in the second game of the Finals, said the coach was not up for debate, but neither spoke of a possible contract extension Spoelstra.

The Heat president also referred to their situation within the team and said he would continue in the same manner until you wanted to, always in agreement with Micky Arison, the owner of the franchise.

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