Miami Heat president Pat Riley is confident his team is very close to becoming a championship contending club.
“I’m so happy that we turned a lot of things around and we found the right players,” Riley said in a video released by the Heat on Wednesday. “the right mix of pick-and-roll players, guys that can post up and really found a couple of guys that can shoot the ball — really shoot the ball — so we’re happy for that and we’re really optimistic about moving forward into the future with these players.”
With a 41-24 record that put the Heat at 4th in the Eastern Conference standings prior to the NBA hiatus, things were looking bright for a fairly young Miami core.
Despite his pleasure with his team, Riley understands that there is more work to do, whether or not it includes adding another player.
“I want to build another championship team, and we’re close. Maybe we need another player, maybe we need less, I don’t know. The point is that we’re right there, and we’re a contender. And I’m proud of it.”
Riley displayed how impressed he was with the impact Tyler Herro, Kendrick Nunn, Duncan Robinson Derrick Jones Jr., and others had on Miami’s success this season.
“We didn’t really know how great Tyler Herro or Kendrick Nunn or Duncan Robinson, Chris Silva at times, a lot of our young guys, Derrick Jones Jr. [were going to be]” Riley said. “And having Goran [Dragic] and having Jimmy Butler, having Bam being around for three years, and having Meyers Leonard and his infectious personality, Kelly Olynyk, we had a very, very good basketball team, very well coached.”
He also talked about how disappointing it is to not have the chance to see they way the season plays out, considering that they had just acquired Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder, and Solomon Hill at the Trade Deadline.
“I’m really disappointed that we haven’t seen the finish, especially after we made the trade. “You bring in Andre Iguodala, Solomon Hill and Jae Crowder, I thought that was going to give us a little bit of an edge going into the playoffs.”
Riley also stated he is an advocate to resuming the season, saying: “I think we’re all right behind Adam Silver and him waiting until he launches us back into action.”
The God Father has spoken. Heat fans are well aware of what moves Pat Riley can make in the offseason.
It’ll be exciting to watch Riley live up to his word, as usual.