Monday , Feb , 12 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Riley’s leave will end after All-Star break

Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Miami Heat head coach Pat Riley will reportedly
return from his leave of absence after the All-Star break.

According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, citing a source familiar with the
plan, Riley will return to the bench for the Heat’s first game back from the
All-Star break. The paper also said that it is expected Riley will begin
running practices as early as next Monday.

An official announcement is expected as early as Wednesday.

Riley stepped aside from his duties on January 3 because of health related
issues. He was suffering from knee and hip conditions, both of which required
surgery.

Assistant Ron Rothstein took over on the bench and Miami has been 12-9 since.
The Heat were just 13-17 under Riley’s leadership.

The team plays one more game before the All-Star break — Tuesday night
against Portland.

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.

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