Pat Riley

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Patrick James Riley (born March 20, 1945) is an American National Basketball Association head coach and team president of the Miami Heat. Widely regarded as one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time, Riley has served as the head coach of five championship teams and an assistant coach to another. He most recently won the 2006 NBA Championship with the Miami Heat. Prior to his tenure in Miami, he served as head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks. He also played for the Los Angeles Lakers' championship team in 1972, which brings his personal total to seven NBA titles.


  • If you get tough mentally, you can get tough physically and overcome fatigue.
  • It's what you get from games you lose that is extremely important.
  • No rebounds - no rings.
  • Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.
  • Great effort springs naturally from great attitude.
  • In all the research you do as a coach, studying other coaches and championship-type situations, you find that all those teams combined talent with great defense. You've got to stop other teams to win.

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