Wednesday , Jan , 03 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Riley takes leave from Heat

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Miami Heat head coach Pat Riley has taken a
leave of absence from the team, effective immediately.

Riley’s move is health related and he hopes to return. He is suffering from
knee pain and a hip condition. Assistant Ron Rothstein is expected to take
over on the bench.

The Heat will hold a mid-afternoon press conference to clarify the
announcement.

The Heat are just 13-17 this season and in third place in the Southeast
Division. Miami won the NBA title a season ago, but is currently without stars
Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal. Both are suffering from injuries.

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