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Heat fans chant 'We want Riley'

Posted on: March 8, 2011 11:39 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2011 6:20 am
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Miami crowd chants for president, former coach Pat Riley as Spoelstra's Heat struggle through loss again. 
Posted by Matt Moore

In the midst of the Heat's latest embarrassing loss, this time to the Blazers, the Miami Heat crowd turned on the home team pretty hard. While attendance wasn't stellar, lacking as it has all season, those in attendance became restless as the Blazers kept the lead by following up Heat runs with definitive performances from its whole team, especially the bench.

The result? Miami's crowd joined the throng of people nationwide claiming that the Heat would be better off with their president as coach rather than Erik Spoelstra. From ESPN's Tom Haberstroh
Yep. "We want Riley" chants at AmericanAirlines Arena. Heat down 9 with just under 7 mins left.

It's too late for Riley to step in -- way too late. He's been too far removed from the coaching decisions for most of the season and on top of it, he's made it clear his heart's not in it. This isn't 2006. While the Heat could use a coach of Riley's mold in terms of his ability to motivate superstars and manage the X's and O's, it's just past that point. They're locked into Spoelstra, for better or worse. 

But the fans do have a point. It's not just the inability of Spoelstra to make the obscene amount of talent he has mesh.  It's the lack of focus and the simple breakdowns.  Defensively, turnovers, you name it, the Heat lack a mental edge. And that falls on Spoelstra. Riley is a known quantity, he has been at that level. But the biggest reason for a Riley return is a little more complex. Riley has coached great big men. Erik Spoelstra has never coached a great big man, and his work with Chris Bosh and Joel Anthony reflect that. 

It's a bandwagon fanbase in Miami with the current pricing structure after the formation of the Triad. And those chants will keep coming as long as the Heat are losing.
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Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: July 12, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Heat fans chant 'We want Riley'

PAT RILEY IS HE THE ANSWER/?       ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     This is as much of the players as it is the coach.  the upper management who put together a team with such a weak bench.You basically got two guys trying to take on 5 players. As good as the Heat's record had been,  that they actually have a losing recording against teams with a winning record. The Heat is not nearly as good as they sometimes seem, and now that inability to truly play as a unit, and to finish games is catching up with them.  How can they lose so many close matches with LeBron and Wade? Why are they unable to make adjustments?Are the players just ignoring their coach? Obviously Riley brings a lot of credibilit y to the coaching position, but we've got to assume he's been conveying his ideas/conc erns to Spoelstra. At the end of the day it's up to LeBron, Wade and Bosh to find a way to play and win together,and close out games like superstars do to win championships .... PAT RILEY IS HE THE ANSWER/?       ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     This is as much of the players as it is the coach.  the upper management who put together a team with such a weak bench.You basically got two guys trying to take on 5 players. As good as the Heat's record had been,  that they actually have a losing recording against teams with a winning record. The Heat is not nearly as good as they sometimes seem, and now that inability to truly play as a unit, and to finish games is catching up with them.  How can they lose so many close matches with LeBron and Wade? Why are they unable to make adjustments?Are the players just ignoring their coach? Obviously Riley brings a lot of credibilit y to the coaching position, but we've got to assume he's been conveying his ideas/conc erns to Spoelstra. At the end of the day it's up to LeBron, Wade and Bosh to find a way to play and win together,and close out games like superstars do to win championships .... PAT RILEY IS HE THE ANSWER/?       ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     This is as much of the players as it is the coach.  the upper management who put together a team with such a weak bench.You basically got two guys trying to take on 5 players. As good as the Heat's record had been,  that they actually have a losing recording against teams with a winning record. The Heat is not nearly as good as they sometimes seem, and now that inability to truly play as a unit, and to finish games is catching up with them.  How can they lose so many close matches with LeBron and Wade? Why are they unable to make adjustments?Are the players just ignoring their coach? Obviously Riley brings a lot of credibilit y to the coaching position, but we've got to assume he's been conveying his ideas/conc erns to Spoelstra. At the end of the day it's up to LeBron, Wade and Bosh to find a way to play and win together,and close out games like superstars do to win championships .... PAT RILEY IS HE THE ANSWER/?       ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     This is as much of the players as it is the coach.  the upper management who put together a team with such a weak bench.You basically got two guys trying to take on 5 players. As good as the Heat's record had been,  that they actually have a losing recording against teams with a winning record. The Heat is not nearly as good as they sometimes seem, and now that inability to truly play as a unit, and to finish games is catching up with them.  How can they lose so many close matches with LeBron and Wade? Why are they unable to make adjustments?Are the players just ignoring their coach? Obviously Riley brings a lot of credibilit y to the coaching position, but we've got to assume he's been conveying his ideas/conc erns to Spoelstra. At the end of the day it's up to LeBron, Wade and Bosh to find a way to play and win together,and close out games like superstars do to win championships .... 



Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:24 pm
 

Heat fans chant 'We want Riley'

PAT RILEY IS HE THE ANSWER/?       ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     &am p;nb sp;     &a mp;n bsp;     & amp; nbsp;             ; ;     & ;nbs p;     This is as much of the players as it is the coach.  the upper management who put together a team with such a weak bench.You basically got two guys trying to take on 5 players. As good as the Heat's record had been,  that they actually have a losing recording against teams with a winning record. The Heat is not nearly as good as they sometimes seem, and now that inability to truly play as a unit, and to finish games is catching up with them.  How can they lose so many close matches with LeBron and Wade? Why are they unable to make adjustments?Are the players just ignoring their coach? Obviously Riley brings a lot of credibilit y to the coaching position, but we've got to assume he's been conveying his ideas/conc erns to Spoelstra. At the end of the day it's up to LeBron, Wade and Bosh to find a way to play and win together,and close out games like superstars do to win championships .... 



Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: May 3, 2011 4:42 pm
 

Heat fans chant 'We want Riley'

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the upper management who put together a team with such a weak bench.You basically got two guys trying to take on 5 players. As good as the Heat's record had been,  that they actually have a losing recording against teams with a winning record. The Heat is not nearly as good as they sometimes seem, and now that inability to truly play as a unit, and to finish games is catching up with them. 
How can they lose so many close matches with LeBron and Wade? Why are they unable to make adjustments?Are the players just ignoring their coach? Obviously Riley brings a lot of credibilit y to the coaching position, but we've got to assume he's been conveying his ideas/conc erns to Spoelstra. At the end of the day it's up to LeBron, Wade and Bosh to find a way to play and win together,and close out games like superstars do to win championships .... 




Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Heat fans chant 'We want Riley'

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the upper management who put together a team with such a weak bench.You basically got two guys trying to take on 5 players. As good as the Heat's record had been,  that they actually have a losing recording against teams with a winning record. The Heat is not nearly as good as they sometimes seem, and now that inability to truly play as a unit, and to finish games is catching up with them.
How can they lose so many close matches with LeBron and Wade? Why are they unable to make adjustments?Are the players just ignoring their coach? Obviously Riley brings a lot of credibilit­y to the coaching position, but we've got to assume he's been conveying his ideas/conc­erns to Spoelstra. At the end of the day it's up to LeBron, Wade and Bosh to find a way to play and win together,and close out games like superstars do to win championships ....



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2011 2:04 pm
 

Heat fans chant 'We want Riley'

Riley wouldn't help this team at this point.  He is the only guy with a bigger ego than the big whiny three combined. 



Since: Jan 17, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2011 11:13 am
 

Heat fans chant 'We want Riley'

This team is loaded with talent there is no mistaking that, but without chemistry and focus The Heat will go nowhere fast....
5 for 13 in close games.....1 and whatever against the top echelon teams......silly mistakes and a lack of focus not ability is this team's demise.



Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2011 11:11 am
 

Heat fans chant 'We want Riley'

The problem is that the Heat DON'T have an "obscene amount of talent" to mesh.
They have two super stars, a slightly above average offensive center, and a bunch of semi-warm bodies.
They have no bench and sporadic defense.
They are 4-5 players away from being able to run with the Celtics or the Bulls for 7 games.



Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2011 11:10 am
 

Heat fans chant 'We want Riley'

The problem is that the Heat DON'T have an "obscene amount of talent" to mesh.
They have two super stars, a slightly above average offensive center, and a bunch of semi-warm bodies.
They have no bench and sporadic defense.
They are 4-5 players away from being able to run with the Celtics or the Bulls for 7 games.



Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2011 11:08 am
 

Heat fans chant 'We want Riley'

The problem is that the Heat DON'T have an "obscene amount of talent" to mesh.
They have two super stars, a slightly above average offensive center, and a bunch of semi-warm bodies.
They have no bench and sporadic defense.
They are 4-5 players away from being able to run with the Celtics or the Bulls for 7 games.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:00 am
 

Heat fans chant 'We want Riley'

The top-heavy Heat are capsizing.


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