Yesterday Miami Heat team president and one of the greatest managers of all time Pat Riley gave an exit press conference.
In the conference he gave everyone, players and media alike, perspective on Miami’s historic four seasons together. The perspective included a dissection of previous champions and their troubled paths to dynasties as well as a poignant message of finding the ‘guts’ to work things out together.
The most indicative quote from the entire press conference came after Riley was asked about the uncertainty of this offseason.
Riley mentioned how the James Ingram song ‘Just Once’ matched the Heat’s situation “just read those lyrics.”
"We sit around the bar, and we pick out our LPs and listen to the songs that inspired us when we were ambitious and achievement-oriented young people and it helped us. Books, lyrics, quotes, messages, those kinds of things."
So I did. And here it is.
"Seems nothing ever changes, we’re back to being strangers; Wondering if we ought a stay or head on out the door.
Just once, can’t we find a way to finally make it right; to make the magic last for more than just one night?
Why can’t we get ourselves in hand and admit to one another; we’re no good without each other."
Riley was making a statement to Miami’s trio of stars saying: I need you and you need me, let’s work this out.
Later in the interview he told the audience Miami Heat owner,Micky Arison “will do anything to get those guys to come back.”
After a masterful podium speech filled with hints that the Big Three are best off in Miami, does any other team have a chance?