Pat Riley First to Be Fired in 2008?
Yes, he’s been the de facto head coach of the Heat since late in 2005, but do you realize when the last time was that he coached a full 82-game season? It was way back in 2002-03, the season the Heat finished 25-57 before drafting Dwyane Wade. (Riley took over for Stan Van Gundy after 21 games in ’05-06, then missed six weeks last season while having knee and hip replacements.)
Riley made a three-year public commitment last summer to continue as coach, but that was merely to quiet the topic. We question whether he has the physical and emotional wherewithal to continue losing three out of every four games. Odds: 18-1.
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