October 31, 1991 |
Take the Laker Girls. Please. That's how intense Pat Riley got in his final Laker days. He worried that his players were being distracted by the hippy-hippy shake. At this point, he might have taken a reality check: Wait a second, am I actually pondering the destructive potential of our cheerleaders?
October 28, 2006 |
It would have been enough to make the old Pat Riley scream. And throw chairs. And smash clipboards. And pull heartstrings, question pride, challenge manhood. It wasn't only that his Miami Heat, defending NBA champions, had been beaten by the Detroit Pistons in their exhibition opener in Puerto Rico. It was how they lost. The Heat came up 20 points short, 84-64. It was the fewest points Miami had ever scored in an exhibition game.
January 21, 1990 |
Pat Riley lifted his arms to the sky in exaggerated seriousness and wondered aloud about the meaning of life. The question was only about basketball, about what it means to the Laker coach on the verge of winning his 500th regular-season game--he has won 497--joining only 12 other NBA coaches. But for Riley, life and basketball have become nearly inseparable. Only when Riley put his arms back on his desk and laced his fingers did he explain how, for him, the subjects intermingle.
October 14, 2010 |
Kobe Bryant hates the question, hasn't really answered it at all other than a few platitudes here and there. But on Thursday, he gave a little insight into his thoughts on LeBron James and Chris Bosh taking their talents to South Beach to join Dwyane Wade on the Miami Heat. He said his first reaction was, "Wow. How did Pat Riley pull that ? off? Impressive. " Then he had another thought. "I said I've got to get my knee healthy, that's what I said.
October 4, 1986
Laker Coach Pat Riley will be inducted into the L.A. Athletic Club Hall of Fame, Oct. 29.
June 23, 1990
Hey, Jerry Buss: How about getting a No. 1 jersey for Pat Riley at the Forum? JIM KIERSNOWSKI Temecula
May 12, 1990
In his column on April 30, Allan Malamud tries to compare Pat Riley to Red Auerbach of the Boston Celtics. I strongly believe we will see how good a coach Pat Riley is in two or three years--when Magic Johnson retires. LLOYD I. CADLE, El Monte
June 3, 1989
That lean, mean, motivating machine was passed up again for coach of the year. What a disgrace. Hail to Pat Riley. STEVE BAKER Los Angeles