Friday , Jan , 05 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Riley has successful surgery

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Miami Heat head coach Pat Riley underwent
successful right knee surgery on Friday, days after taking an indefinite leave
of absence from the Miami Heat to deal with his health issues.

The arthroscopic procedure removed three large pieces of cartilage that were
causing extreme pain and the knee to lock.

Riley is also suffering from a hip ailment that will require surgery
as well, but that condition is not expected to be addressed in the immediate

The Heat are just 13-18 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.