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Riley may have exaggerated a bit with the Big 3

Posted on: June 21, 2011 2:25 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 2:54 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young



Some of the biggest issues with the Miami Heat this past season included arrogance. The lack of self-awareness. The ego. The taunting, the preening, the crowing. The Heat threw itself a celebration party before the players even had a practice together, and they started talking about seven championships and basically acted like they'd obliterate the league.

That's why this Pat Riley quote today from his exit interview wrapping the season should come as absolutely no surprise.

"The greatest thing in the history of South Florida sports was those guys coming together," Riley said. "With the exception of the [undefeated 1972] Dolphins. Maybe."

"Those guys" obviously being LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. (Not Erick Dampier, Juwan Howard and Jamaal Magloire, if you were wondering.)

Clearly, Riley might have exaggerated a bit here. He might have overstated the importance of those three players, just a tad. Possibly, there's a hint of hyperbole here. Especially when he corrects himself momentarily by saying the exception is the '72 Dolphins, then uncorrects himself by adding, "maybe."

Maybe? Maybe the greatest team in professional sports history was a bigger deal than three players deciding to play together? I don't know Pat, do you think the moon landing was a bigger deal than Justin Bieber's debut album? Maybe the fall of the Berlin Wall was a little greater than the return of the McRib. I'm not sure though.

What about your 2006 NBA title, Pat? Did you forget about that one? Or the other Super Bowl the Dolphins won? Or maybe the two World Series trophies the Marlins won? Or even the five national championships the Miami Hurricanes won in college football. (Though maybe those weren't so great. We all saw The U.)

And note this as well: Riley didn't say, "Them winning will be the greatest thing in South Florida sports history." He simply said just them playing together is. That statement sums everything up about the Heat better than anything. Celebrating something before the work is done. Lifting up a free agency period as a championship.

I get that people tend to speak in hyperbole ("Transformers 2 was the greatest movie ever!") but you'd expect someone as deft and smooth as Riley to keep himself in check. The arrogance that leaks from the Heat is repulsive. They just can't shut up.

I agree with Riley too -- they're going to have their time. That roster is too talented not to win. In the end, the signing may indeed be the best thing ever. Maybe they will win four, five, six, seven championships. But don't count your chickens, Pat. Let your game do the talking. For once.

Comments

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Riley may have exaggerated a bit with the Big 3

The greatest thing to happen to South Florida sports? The "Big" three coming together? How did that work out this year, Mr. Riley? Money does not mean you will win 7 championships, now does it? Money did not but courage for LeBron in the 4th quarter in the Finals. It did not stop Wade from getting T'd up in Game 6. Bosh? Who knew that he would be the best player of the three in Game 6. All Riley and the Heat purchased was hubris on steriods. It is oh so easy to dislike the Heat. Celebrating before the season began WAS such a great idea. Papa Riley sitting in the stands with a grin as wlde as the continental U.S. Well, things didn't work out in 2010-2011. Just like 29 other teams, better luck next year, if we have one.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Riley may have exaggerated a bit with the Big 3

Clearly this guy has never had a McRib.
I was going to say the same thing. I mean, come on man, it's not even close. The McRib wins hands-down. Every time. What is greater: Jordan's Six Championships or the McRib? The McRib, duh. I'm sorry, but some things just aren't to be debated, and this is one of them. Unbelievable. McDonald's should file a defamation suit.



Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 5:46 pm
 

Riley may have exaggerated a bit with the Big 3

Ah the typical response. They really do a "reputation" rating on here? Bet that makes you feel like a tough guy huh? So if any other team or player loses in the NBA Finals thats a failed season? If LeBron and the Heat failed what did the other 28 teams in the NBA besides the Heat do? Does that mean every player and team in the NBA besides the Mavs sucks just because they didn't win the title? Stop being ignorant. If you don't like them whatever but at least give credit where it's due and speak with an open mind or just shut up. Oh and by the way, how many times have you made it to the NBA finals?



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 5:46 pm
 

Riley may have exaggerated a bit with the Big 3

I think the last line of the article says it all. Maybe they will actually become a dynasty, but let's be real. This dynasty was clearly put together knowing what the result would be. The '72 Fins simply outworked, and out coached their opposition, and they won with castoffs (The entire offensive line) not high priced free agents. I don't think the Heat can compare in South Florida sports history accomplishments, at least not yet. Win something first Pat.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Riley may have exaggerated a bit with the Big 3

If you talk and then lose nobody remembers it.  Plenty of teams talk a lot and lose, like the NE Patriots a few years ago (and hell last year too, they are the regular season champions after all) or that Mariners team in baseball several years ago.  If you talk a lot and win you become a legend, and revisionist history pretends you are "classy" (like Jordan or Muhammad Ali).

Basically just win and everyone is on your balls.



Since: Feb 21, 2010
Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Riley may have exaggerated a bit with the Big 3

Also I almost forgot go Fins !!!!!!


and Magic and UofL CARDS



Since: Feb 21, 2010
Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:42 pm
 

Riley may have exaggerated a bit with the Big 3

The 14-0 "72 Dolphins is not only the best thing thats happend in Miami sports but its also one of the the greatest season/team in sports history.





Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:26 pm
 

Riley may have exaggerated a bit with the Big 3

Maybe the fall of the Berlin Wall was a little greater than the return of the McRib.
Clearly this guy has never had a McRib.



Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Riley may have exaggerated a bit with the Big 3

You(really do)suk. That 0 for your reputation is well deserved. Small town North of Miami my foot. Go look out your basement window....That sign on the interstate screams....NEBRASKA. The Heat made the Finals and lost. Since Lebron is such a winner (see "I'm a winner I don't shake hands") then that is not an accomplishment. Get your lies straight and get your shovel ready because Winter is coming.



Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Riley may have exaggerated a bit with the Big 3

This simply proves that Riley is just as big of a clown as Lebron is.  He can't get over himself either.  Do Riles and 'Bron have employees whose sole job is to pull them away from the mirror?


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