Riley’s Role Expanded During Finals?
He’s (Pat Riley) the highest-profile executive in the league running the highest-profile team in the highest-profile moment. In other words, right in his comfort zone.
Riley has been attending practices and shootarounds, and has regularly consulted with Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra throughout the playoffs. This is no different than the regular season, as he is always around the team when it’s not on the road. But given the pressure Miami is under, his role has been magnified.
Riley tries to avoid the spotlight, declining most interviews and even staying in his seat when the Heat received the trophy for winning the Eastern Conference finals last week, but the cameras still find him. And the Heat’s leaders and decision-makers still seek him out.