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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.


Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 3:55 pm

Riley may have exaggerated a bit with the Big 3

So when a team signs three of the NBA's best teams what are you supposed to do? Stay quiet about it? Don't get me wrong I'm not saying alot of it isn't over the top, it is, but having LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh signed to you're team IS a big deal no matter what team it is. And if proving nothing means making it to the finals their first year together and coming in second out of thirty teams, then yes they proved nothing. You can say whatever you want, they choke, LeBron can't handle the pressure, etc., but none of that changes the fact that they made it to the finals, and unless if your a Dallas Mavericks fan (which I doubt you are), then they did better than your team did.

Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 3:48 pm

Riley may have exaggerated a bit with the Big 3

Well being from a small town in Florida north of miami, I can say it is nice to have a top contender team in the state. Yeah the heat won the finals in 2006, but they weren't nearly as popular as this all-star team. I also wouldn't go quite as far as to say this is bigger than the 1972 Dolphins, but this is definitely one of the biggest things to happen in Florida sports history. The Heat have not been an over the top popular team in parts of Florida, in fact most people in my area were bigger Magic fans. This year we were pretty much the most watched team in sports. So Pat Riley isn't too far over the top saying that this might be the biggest thing to happen in Southern Florida history, it just sounds like you're on the hate side of the Heat. I'm not one of those ignorant fans that just says everything being said about the Heat is just hate, but anybody with half a brain can see that people are taking it way too far.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 3:35 pm

Riley may have exaggerated a bit with the Big 3

I am disappointed with Riley's comments. It feeds into the whole larger than life image the Heat seem intent on building. Shut up and play- no team has ever been deemed great BEFORE they were great. We look BACK at greatness. The Heat still have proven nothing and this kind of talk just makes them seem even more tacky.

These comments are an insult to all the great teams that have WON in South Florida.

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