Riley: Small ball only a last resort

Riley: Small ball only a last resort

There are 9 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Dec 7, 2007, titled Riley: Small ball only a last resort. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

OAKLAND, Calif. - To Heat coach Pat Riley, small ball remains a small-time approach.

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#1 Dec 7, 2007
Pat Riley is a jackass who is overrated. Talk about the Emperor having no clothes? The game was going along just fine. Shaq was 6 for 6 from the floor. Dewayne Wade is still making costly mistakes and poor decisions, but things were well in hand. Then Riley starts "coaching" and there goes victory out the window. I can't wait to hear his explanation that everyone will eat up with a spoon because he's a "coaching genius". Well I don't consider what he does coacing and as for genius, well the final score of the Golden State/Miami game will give you the answer to that.
Heat Stink

Orlando, FL

#2 Dec 8, 2007
The greasy bumb, can't coach a middle school league. He really is horrific! He needs to be fired! With Miami signing another decade to O'Neil's contract for a whopping 20 million a year, they will be the worst team for years upon years in the NBA. What a stupid move. You think he (O'Neil) is bad now, wait for another couple months, better yet, imagine what he will be like in a couple years, he is a dinasaur! Go Magic!!!!!
kenny g

Gyeonggi-do, Korea

#3 Dec 8, 2007 you go with small for the entire second half of next game while Shaq is sitting on the bench after being part of 20 point lead in the first half with 6 for 6 shooting and 10 rebounds. Is your mouth...brain...and common sense on the same page? Or is it just a blur in your mind now?
kenny g

Gyeonggi-do, Korea

#4 Dec 8, 2007
I agree...Dwayne is a great, great player in his own right. But he always had too many turnovers even before the injury. And now...he is somewhat hesistant to take it to the hole and is limiting his options because he cannot make a shot ouside 18 feet...thus it is causing him to make bad decisions at the last minute because he cannot finish like he used to. And his defense was never good. It would take a lot of energy for him to play defense and run the team. He can't shoot threes so he has no choice but to always drive to the hoop, expanding a lot of energy and being exposed to injury. He has got to develop the three and play defense..and become more efficient. Riley is going to exhaust him..depending on undersized Wade to do everything from running the show, scoring, passing, rebounding, and defending. No wonder he takes breaks on defense. Riley blew it today again. it seems he is having a hard time fiuring out when to run and when to shut down, when to substitute and stuff. There already has been more than handful of games when the game has gone out of reach so quickly because Riley failed to stop running wild. Run at times, but control the tempo...don't wait until you are down 20 points or blow a 20 point lead. Just trying to make a point to Shaq? Playing mind games with Shaq, parker, Wright, cook...and everyone else? Just coach..and stop playing mind games. You are a goo coach. Don't need to play mind games. What else can be explained when you don't put him in in the second half after he goes 6 for 6 with 10 rebounds and 10 minutes and team losing 20 point lead, or other nights...when you just watch the team losing and losing and going wild and being down by 25 points. What are you there for, if not for stopping such a nonsense...why do you always let these guys run until they drop and the other team makes a 25 to 3 run aginst your wild running bunch? Why can't you stop it at 10 to 2 run?

West Palm Beach, FL

#5 Dec 8, 2007

El Dorado Springs, MO

#6 Jan 5, 2008

“Yes, it's Steve”

Since: Jun 07


#7 Jan 5, 2008
Pat will soon has his semi annaul health or personal problem, quit as coach, hire someone new and then fire that person once the team starts to win again

Delray Beach, FL

#8 Dec 8, 2008
Posting from a YEAR ago?????

Dayton, NY

#9 Dec 12, 2008
As god as the Heat is right now, i am still scared for them because some of the teams that they are beating are under 500 and when they play the top teams they get blown out. Well, I would like to see the Heat blow out a couple of teams to really get some respect out their. I believe if the Heat can beat Atlanta, and beat the four sub 500 teams left to play and go on a nine game win streak this will give the Heat the motivation that they need. At the end of the Day we still need a big man that can score. We don't have that. we are good at the SG, SG, we are OK at the PG but we suck at the Center position and need a powerful big man at the PF position to bang down low. Their must be a way to package Blunt/Banks/Marion for a reall good option at the center and maybe a back-up PF that can score and REBOUND. Why don't we trade with NJ for Boons or SHawn William that would be better than Jamal and Blunt together. I like Boons offense and hustle.

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