Friday , Nov , 16 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Pat Riley’s Top Five Quotes Describing Miami Heat’s 2007-08 Season

I’m an unabashed Pat Riley fan. The Gucci sideline boss entertains with his slick appearance, opportunistic career moves, and off-the-cuff remarks. With the Heat off to a disastrous 1-7 record, ‘Riles’ mouth has been working overtime. The legendary sideline boss has been calling out all his players-even the biggest stars are getting criticized …

I’m an unabashed Pat Riley fan. The Gucci sideline boss entertains with his slick appearance, opportunistic career moves, and off-the-cuff remarks. 

With the Heat off to a disastrous 1-7 record, ‘Riles’ mouth has been working overtime. The legendary sideline boss has been calling out all his players-even the biggest stars are getting criticized.

With the season only two weeks old, I decided to list Riley’s top five zingers of the season. His comments are funny, insightful, and over-the-top. Enjoy.

#5) On Shaquille O’Neal’s injury problems:

  • “If he wants to give back $10 million and play half a season, then fine."

#4) On Antoine Walker’s lack of conditioning, which resulted in the Miami media calling the shoulder-shimmy portly:

  • "I just know that he can’t sustain a practice of ours … that’s why his Achilles’ goes on him. To me, it’s the overall conditioning and conditioning the right way. We need his offense, his versatility and stuff, and what I have to do is I have to swallow my pride, my coaching pride here and not just sort of cut off my nose to spite my face."

#3) On altering the Heat’s line-up after a loss to the Sonics:

  • "It might take a real shakeup. It might take a massive shakeup.  It might take just absolute lineup changes. People who don’t think they should ever be benched might have to come off the bench for a while, just to turn this whole thing around."

#2) On the players having some pride:

  • "Unless you feel like you have something at stake or something to lose as a player, then things won’t change. If you don’t feel like the Heat mean something to you … you have to have a real meeting with yourself about what you care about. I don’t see a team that really feels like they have anything at stake here. They come in, they play, they get beat, they go home, they go out into the night."

#1) On Riley, himself, coming out of retirement at 62 years old:

  •  “With an old hip, I’m 62 years old, I can’t (expletive) see, but I could play better than some of my guys tonight,"

What Riley comment is your favorite? Get at us in the comment box with your thoughts.

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