That's the most intriguing question posed this week during our Thursday live Heat chat. If
I've said it once, I've suggested it a million times.
Take Pat Riley for his word.
And then take it with a grain of salt.
So where does that leave you? Confused, confounded and never quite comfortable. And that's exactly where Pat likes you to be, which is what has made him one of the most rugged, respected and resourceful executives in league history.
But I do take him at his word that his coaching days are over, when it comes to regular-season NBA coaching, that is. Would he step in and try to rescue this team - and salvage Micky Arison's $330 million investment in Wade, Bosh and LeBron - at the first or second sign of adversity?
And who would blame him? But that's neither the plan nor the preferred method of operation. Erik Spoelstra will get plenty of room to do his thing with this team. At least that appears to be the case.
Spoelstra can afford to lose a game or two or three. He could even survive a few doses of uncomfortable moments with LeBron James (Chris Bosh is a go-with-the-flow-guy in this equation, so no worries there).
But Spo can not afford to lose Dwyane Wade's support and confidence. Then, and likely only then, would Pat be forced off his perch in the president's suite at AmericanAirlines Arena and swoop to the bench.
As an aside, I return from vacation the day after Labor Day and will update the blog daily as we begin our countdown to Heat training camp, which opens with media day on Sept. 27. Until then, here's another sample dose of this week's live chat ...
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you think in a couple years we are gonna have to shop for new role
players because big z,j howard, mike miller, carlos arroyo and eddie
house are at the end of there careers looking for one shot at a
championship.Then were gonna be back at square one looking for more
Answered 08/26/10 13:58:05 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
But as we saw this offseason, finding them - and getting them to come
on the cheap to play with Wade, Bosh and James - won't be much of a
problem. The role players beyond Haslem and Mike Miller, will likely
change every year or two with this team. As long as the core is intact,
the Heat should regroup and quickly.
from boca raton. fl
I DON'T GET RESPONSES FROM IRA IM GUESSING YOU MIGHT HELP ME. MY
QUESTION IS.. IS RILEY TO THE BECNH A DONE DEAL ALREADY AND HELL WAIT
UNTIL HE HAS AN EXPLANATION... ID HATE FOR ERIK TO GO BUT IF U WANT A
CHAMPIONSHIP U NEED VETS AND ID SAY PAT IS EXPERIENCED. IF IT HAPPENS
IS THERE A CHANCE WE'D KEEP SPO AS A DEFENSIVE SPECIALIST. HES BETTER
ONE ON ONE THEN AS HEAD COACH. I THINK WHAT WE DID TO STAN WAS MEANT TO
BE BUT WE SHOULDA KEPT HIM ESPECIALLY BECAUSE OF HIS TALENT.
Answered 08/26/10 13:56:01 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
All we can go by is what Pat Riley says. And he's made it clear that he
has no intention to return to the bench to coach this team. He's fine
where he is, guiding the franchise from the role of team president.
Erik Spoelstra will be the coach ... until he's not. We'll see how
strong those offseason stances are when - or if - adversity strikes
this team. But there are no indications that Riley will swoop in and
land on the bench. Having said that, if he does, Spoelstra likely won't
stick around. He's too young, bright and respected in the league to be
out of work for long.
from planation fl
michael i been a heat fan for like ever now !! they need to get a speed
push the ball pg asap and that can shoot where do they go too????
Answered 08/26/10 13:52:48 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
My vote? Dwyane Wade.
the biggest heat fan and i love us now but let say 4-5years from now
wade will be 34/35.Even jordan top out at 36 n went down after. is it
fair to say that we will have 2 era one as the superfriends and one as
lebron team and do you think riley also maybe pitch that to lebron.in
the way he still can lead a team are be look at as leading a team to a
Answered 08/26/10 13:52:23 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
Wade will be well into his 30s by the time his six-year contract
expires. Bosh and LeBron will be right around 31. But I don't think
anyone is thinking that far down the line just yet. There will be too
much pressure to win now. If that group wins a title or three by then,
the question will be whether to keep them together at the end of those
deals or trade one of them while they still have some max value and
start the reloading/rebuilding process. But that's a headache, of
course, for another year.
from Hanover, Maryland
How come there's no coverage on NBA players such as Arroyo (who's with
the Heat), Barea (Mavericks), and Balkman (with Nuggets) representing
Puerto Rico in the upcoming 2010 FIBA World Championship? There seems
to be a bias with the USA Team. After all, these players are NBA
players who deserve the coverage because they are representing their
country respectively. I'm just saying, when Carlos was with Utah and
single-handedly managed the USA Team in 2004 (funny that team had Wade,
Bosh, and Lebron as members I might add), the Jazz had excellent
coverage, Orlando did the same for Carlos in 2006/07. What's up with
the Miami Herald? Are these players not good enough for some media
Thank you for what you do, keep it real!
Answered 08/26/10 13:49:28 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
You make great points. Obviously, the coverage will be slanted toward
the U.S. team. But there's always room to check on the players who play
for the market's NBA team.
from Crown Point, IN
don't know much about Da'Sean Butler, aside that he apparently has a
lot of potential. If he made the roster this year, would he be able to
crack the rotation once healthy? Or is that something that wouldn't
happen until maybe next season?
Answered 08/26/10 13:46:46 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
From a talent standpoint, he's as complete a swingman, when healthy, as
the Heat has on the roster aside from LeBron and Mike Miller. But he
hasn't done anything at this level yet, obviously. I don't think he'd
crack the rotation this season. I also think there's still some
significant time left in his rehab from knee surgery.
gives his team as much as Lebron and Kobe does and is as Jordanesque as
those two, except Wade's shorter than all of these players including
Jordan. That means Wade does more with less. Given he didn't start in
the 2008 olympics, he quietly took over games and was the teams leading
scorer. Now I hear Wade isn't even in the top 3 players. He's now
behind Carmelo and Durant and how the olympic team needs Durant, who's
bricking a lot lately, and Derrick Rose more...how much better Lebron
is though none of these players have won a championship. Only Kobe has
and Kobe has always had more talented teams than Wade. My question is
who's pushing this perspective in the media to doubt Wade's greatness?
He's already won a gold medal as the lead scorer amongst the NBA's
best, had higher shooting percentages than both Kobe and Lebron for
multiple years, took home MVP honors in both the finals and the Allstar
game, won a scoring title, and won a championship...To me, that sounds
like a resume of a great player.
Answered 08/26/10 13:44:14 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
It is a resume of greatness. Keep in mind that these perspectives and
opinions are just that. There are a lot of doubters and private agendas
out there. Wade is a top 3 player in the league. I've got, based on
sheer talent, Kobe, Wade and LeBron - in no certain order.
from Sunrise, Florida
Q: What's the latest on Udonis Haslem's situation? Will he be able to play?
Answered 08/26/10 13:41:26 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
There is no latest at this point. The sides are negotiating, I'm sure.
If this plays out as things currently stand, it will carry right into
training camp and possibly the regular season - and a huge cloud would
hang over the Heat. Having said that, all sides are probably hoping for
a quicker resolution.
from Sanibel, Fl.
the Spain - USA game Sunday, commentators suggested Rudy Fernandez
(Spain's PG) is likely to be shipped out by Portland after all the fuss
he is making. An ESPN analyst thinks he would be a good fit for the
Heat given his low $1.2M salary. Agree?
Answered 08/26/10 13:39:49 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
As it stands now, based on league rules, the only players the Heat
could send to Portland in such a deal would be Mario Chalmers and/or
Dexter Pittman. Would I take Rudy back for those two guys? Certainly,
especially if I could convince Wade to play point guard full time.
The Heat has had discussions before with Portland this offseason. Not
sure if that sort of deal would materialize at this point, though.
from Sanibel, Fl.
was a little surprised when the first rookie signed was Pittman and for
two years. He didn't show real well in Vegas so are the Heat looking
for someone with the size to bang on Shaq, Bynum, and Howard? Thanks.
Answered 08/26/10 13:37:12 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
I was surprised they signed him that fast as well. But that decision
wasn't based on his play in Vegas. He signed a day or two after the
team opened summer league play. That signing is based on potential
impact. Pittman has surprising athleticism for a kid that size. He also
eats up plenty of space and loves to bang. If nothing else, he'll body
up against the big boys in the eastern conference .... eventually.
from Tournai Belgium
Wallace, how should Miami play against Celtics for the first game? How
do you feel concerning the heat defense,for a lot have been said on
this team potential on offense? Do you think they might take a look at
Dampier as an upgrade for center?thanks a lot
Answered 08/26/10 13:35:25 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
If Dampier is available and the Heat can swing a move or two to make
room for him, it can only help. I've said before that he's arguable
better than any true center the Heat has on the roster right now. As
far as playing style, Miami needs to get out on the open court and
utilize the speed and athleticism of the Big 3. I'd like to see this
team play more like Magic's Lakers back in the 1980s. Not just against
Boston, but against everyone. I think you limit this team's
effectiveness by playing half-court, isolation ball.
from Key West
to all the national sports talk programs, I have heard so many
ridiculous reasons as to why this Miami Heat Experiment will not work.
The most absurd was the argument that the Big 3 will account for about
70 to 80 points a night, so where will the rest of the offense come
from. What is the strangest reason you have heard as to why this team
will not work?
Answered 08/26/10 13:32:39 by Miami Heat Beat Reporter
Strangest thing I've heard? That karma will somehow come back and bite
LeBron in the butt and derail the Heat. Doesn't get much stranger or
crazier than that, does it?
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