33 Facts About Pat Riley

1. Pat Riley was recognized again in 1997 using the NBA Coach of the Year award.

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2. Pat Riley became the head coach and general manager of the Miami Heat.

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3. In 1995, Pat Riley stepped down as head coach of the New York Knicks.

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4. Pat Riley comes with an estimated net worth of $80 million.

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5. Pat Riley is the 68-year-old president of the Miami Heat.

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6. Pat Riley seemingly had it all before, but when Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James left, his momentum began to slide as well as his chances at a championship title.

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7. In 1995, Pat Riley resigned his post with the Knicks and became head coach and president of the Miami Heat, where he was named Coach of the Year again in 1997.

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8. Pat Riley is a motivational speaker during the off-season of the NBA.

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9. In 1997, Pat Riley led the Heat to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in history of the franchise.

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10. Pat Riley resigned from the Knicks in 1995 to become the head coach and team president of the Miami Heat.

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11. In 1993, Pat Riley led the New York Knicks to their best-ever regular season.

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12. Pat Riley became a cult figure in his own right with his slick-backed hair, and his Armani suits.

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13. In 1977, Pat Riley became a broadcaster for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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14. Pat Riley has come up short in recent years in pursuits of several top-tier free agents and trade targets, including Butler, Kevin Durant and Gordon Hayward, as well as losing James back to the Cleveland Cavaliers in free agency during the 2014 offseason.

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15. Pat Riley said to Thomsen that similar questions were raised during the team's July 2010 free-agent recruiting pitch to LeBron.

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16. Pat Riley earns in excess of $50,000 for each speaking engagement.

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17. Pat Riley is known for his friendship with Giorgio Armani, preferring to wear Armani suits during basketball games, and modeling once at an Armani show.

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18. In 1988, Pat Riley published a book entitled Showtime: Inside the Lakers' Breakthrough Season, a New York Times best seller which recapped the Lakers' successful run to the 1987 NBA Championship.

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19. Pat Riley came to the public eye leading the Showtime Lakers of the 1980s, furthering his image by "guaranteeing" a championship.

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20. Pat Riley became the only coach to twice replace a coach in mid-season and take that team to an NBA title.

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21. Pat Riley joined Hannum and Phil Jackson as the only head coaches to lead two teams to NBA titles.

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22. Pat Riley became one of only two NBA coaches to take three teams to the NBA Finals, the other being Alex Hannum.

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23. Pat Riley was so disgusted with the Heat's performance that he declared he was about to "fire himself".

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24. In 1995, Pat Riley resigned from the Knicks via fax to become president and head coach of the Miami Heat, with complete control over basketball operations.

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25. In 1993, Pat Riley led the Knicks to their best regular season record in team history and received his second Coach of the Year award.

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26. At the time of his departure, Pat Riley was the foremost coach in the NBA with a level of fame not seen since Red Auerbach.

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27. Pat Riley became a celebrity in his own right, a fashion icon for his Armani suits and slicked-back hair which complemented the team's Hollywood image.

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28. Pat Riley ushered in the Lakers' "Showtime" era, along with superstar players Johnson and Abdul-Jabbar with their running game.

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29. Pat Riley was selected by the San Diego Rockets in the 1st round of the 1967 NBA draft, and was drafted as a wide receiver by the Dallas Cowboys in the 11th round of the 1967 NFL Draft.

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30. Pat Riley was a versatile athlete in college, participating in both basketball and football.

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31. Pat Riley was born in Rome, New York and raised in Schenectady.

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32. Pat Riley is the first North American sports figure to win a championship as a player, assistant coach, head coach, and as an executive.

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33. Pat Riley was head coach of an NBA All-Star Game team nine times: eight times with the Western Conference team and once with the Eastern team (1993, as head coach of the Knicks).

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