Riley talks future of Big 3

Posted by C.L. Anthony on Thursday, April 03, 2014 with No comments
Nine time NBA Champion Pat Riley has had player personal control over the Miami Heat since 1995 and also led the franchise to its first NBA Championship in 2006 as its coach.  Many credit Riley for building the championship culture of the Heat which has resulted in the franchise winning 3 NBA titles in the last 8 years.  With the current incarnation of the Heat potentially being split via opt-out clauses in the contracts of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh, Riley recently spoke of the fear or lack there of of the franchise losing its "Big 3".  

“You always fear,” Riley said. “It’s not a real fear. I always have concern when players are in the situation they’re in. But we feel we have the best organization in the league for those players to stay, and to also attract others to want to come here. With our three guys, we hope that this turns into a generational team. And that it’s not just we’re at the end of this four-year run right now because players have some options this summer."

“You have to have a big-picture approach. That’s what I do best; I try to see the big picture,” Riley said. “Look at the reward they have. They got exactly what they wanted. Look at where they were before and look at what’s happened to them. They joined forces, they all sacrificed money, sacrificed roles. What they got out of it was back-to-back championships, and the opportunity this year to win another one....It would be very hard for me to think anybody would walk away from the possibility of making this a long-term happening that can go for 10 or 12 years,” he said. “But you never know. You just don’t know.”