Wednesday , Aug , 23 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Riley to return and coach Heat

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – The Miami Heat announced that Pat Riley will
remain head coach for the 2006-07 season after leading the club to its first
NBA championship last year.

Riley to return and coach Heat

“After winning the championship, I realized there’s always something
meaningful that happens in your life that becomes the primary point of your
destiny,” said Riley. “Winning the championship showed me that I am definitely
in the right place, at the right time, with the right people. I can’t wait to
get started.”

Riley returned to the Heat after a two-year hiatus in December of 2005 and
piloted the team to a 41-20 record and the Southeast Division crown. He then
led Miami to the franchise’s first NBA title, highlighted by a 95-92 win over
Dallas in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Riley is one of the most accomplished coaches in NBA history, registering a
1,151-589 record in 22 seasons as a head coach with the Los Angeles Lakers,
New York and Miami. Riley also ranks second on the league’s all-time
postseason win list with 171 and has mentored five NBA championship clubs.