Morning Man Classic: Pat Riley!
My little sister is no sports fan. But during the 1980s, she would never miss the chance to watch the Los Angeles Lakers play on television.
No, it was not to watch the stellar play of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar during the team’s “Showtime” era. It was to watch handsome and stylish head coach Pat Riley on the sidelines.
Can’t say I blamed her!
Riley, now 68, is regarded as one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time. He led the Lakers to four NBA championship titles in the 1980s and three runner-up finishes.
He then moved on to the New York Knicks who reached the NBA finals in 1994 but lost in seven games to the Houston Rockets. The next year Riley moved to the Miami Heat and in 2006 won his fifth NBA title when the team defeated the Dallas Mavericks in the finals.
Riley stepped down from coaching The Heat in 2008 and is now the team’s president.