In an end of season press conference today, Miami Heat President Pat Riley made it clear how he's feeling following his teams disappointing end to the 2014 season.
“I’m pissed,” he told reporters.
Riley spoke on a number of topics during the conference, including the Big Three’s return, LeBron James, and the possibility of adding a fourth superstar to the fold in Miami.
Speaking on the Big Three, Riley said “I don’t think we need to recruit Dwyane, LeBron, and Chris again. You gotta stay together, if you’ve got the guts. You don’t find the first door and run out of it.”
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Riley said the trio’s success in South Beach should be enough to convince them to stay.
“I’m not dropping championship rings on the table for those guys,” he said. “They can drop their own.”
When asked specifically about LeBron, Riley said that although James is free to play anywhere he wants to, he’d love to have him in Miami for years to come.
“[LeBron] has to get away and think about it,” Riley said. “He has the right to do what he wants to do. “The four years we’ve had with LeBron, we’re hoping it turns into another eight or 10.”
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Reporters also asked Riley how realistic it is that they add another superstar player to their squad – like Carmelo Anthony. Riley called the idea a “pipedream” but admitted it’s no less realistic than the idea of Bosh, Wade, and James teaming up was.
“That’s a pipe dream,” he said. “It’s a possibility, but that’s not what we’re thinking about today.”
More than anything, though, Riley made it clear that his priority this offseason is keeping his prized trio in place.
“However we can keep those guys together,” Riley said, “we’re ready for it. Whatever it takes. That’s our objective. That’s my push to them. All of those guys stayed together and in their worst moments, they allowed management to retool and bring this back together. It doesn’t happen often. So let’s bring it back together and keep going.”