I have a lot of respect for Riley as a coach and as an exec. But I also like to call a spade a spade.
Let's be frank. The Raptors did a $#!T job building around Bosh. They could have had Granger, Bosh and Hibbert, instead they had Bargs and Bosh
The Cavs weren't much better with LBJ. Where Bird had McHale and Parisha nd DJ and Maxwell and Walton, Magic had Kareemm and Worhty and Green and Nixon and Scott and Perkins, while Jordan had Pippen and Rodman and Harper and Kukoc. LBJ had Mo Williams.
LBJ and Bosh came to Miami to WIN. I don't fault them that. They've been in the league long enough, and they deserve to put themselves in a winning situation.
Now Rileys syas to these guys: "You don't find the first door and run out if you have the opprotunity." WHAT?!?!?! This is NOT what he was telling them in 2010. He told them RUN OUT THAT DOOR AND COME TO MIAMI!!!
Then he talks about organically growing from within like the Spurs? :Eyes rolling!: They just signed hired guns and ring chasers. The Spurs rely on scouting and player development. That is organic, not waiting to teams to buy out player and them pick them up for the playoff run.
I don't like how Miami built their champions, but it's all good. They followed the rules, took a gamble and it paid off for the last four years. Now the the time is up, though, those same players that came in as hired guns are free to leave as hired guns and now Rile and Spo are talking about "building a team organically" and "loyalty" and "staying together" and not running out the door for the first opportunity that comes along.
The Riley says that the players that have come to us stay a long time. Like Lamar Odom? Who they traded after a season? Or GLen Rice who was a career player and then got traded? Or Bruce Bowen who they let go? Or PJ Brown and Jama Mashburn?
Riley is out to win. I got no problem with that, but when he starts talking about loyalty and keeping players and players staying when he, just like every other GM in the league, is always out to make the team better, even if it means disregarding a loyal player, then he will trade a guy. If he knew he coudl get Kevin Durant for Bosh or Wade, he would dump them in a second.
This rhetoric just makes Riley sound like a desperate old man whose worried that he's going to lose the hired guns he brought in and now wants to start talking about loyalty only because NOW it helps him out, but four years ago he didn't give two $#!T$ about loyalty. All he cared about was winning.
Riley has a brilliant mind, and he took a gamble and it paid off and he deserves credit for what he did, but now that the shoe is on the other foot, he needs to face the fact that he undermined any concept of loyalty that existed for YEARS when it meant he was going to win.
Nothing would make me happier than to see Wade, Bosh and LBJ all take flight from Miami, not to screw Miami fans over, but just to screw Riley over. That guy deserves to have a little egg on his face after this hypocritical speech where he feigns being loyal to players.
And to Miami fans, please, this is not a knock on you guys. This is a knock on Riley. If there were a way for Riley to get egg on his face and Miami fans not get screwed over in the process, I prefer that. But even you have to admit this rhetoric Riley is pulling out is utter garbage. He is acting like a glorified car sales man.