Pat Riley, president of the Miami Heat and formerly coach of the Lakers, released a statement Friday that Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge needs to "shut the [expletive] up and manage his team" after Ainge made comments critical of Heat superstar LeBron James.
Ainge had called out James for complaints over hard fouls committed by the Chicago Bulls in a 101-97 loss that ended the Heat's 27-game winning streak, which is the second longest in NBA history to the 1971-72 Lakers' 33 consecutive victories.
"I don’t think either one of those were flagrants, and I think the one -- LeBron against [Carlos] Boozer -- was flagrant, yes. I think the officials had it right," Ainge said during a radio show this week. "I think that it’s almost embarrassing that LeBron would complain about officiating."
James had already addressed the issue during Miami's shoot-around Friday.
"Nothing that comes out of Boston surprises me," James said.
Added Riley in his statement about Ainge: "He was the biggest whiner going when he was playing. I know that because I coached against him."