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 and hip conditions, both of which will require surgery. Assistant Ron
Rothstein will take over on the bench.
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.
Riley returned to the Heat after a two-year hiatus in December 2005, and the
team racked up a 41-20 record and captured the Southeast Division crown under
the guidance of the veteran general.
Riley, who has also coached the Lakers and Knicks during his illustrious
career, won four championships as the head coach of the Lakers (1982, 1985,
1987, 1988) and led the Heat to the title in 2006.