Pat Riley Shocked But Motivated by LeBron Leaving

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Pat Riley and the Miami Heat have dealt with quite the off-season. After a shocking five game dismantling at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs during the NBA Finals, the Heat lost LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers in free agency just a few weeks later.

That hasn’t stopped Riley from building his roster back up and moving forward. The team re-signed Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, and brought in All-Star Luol Deng to replace James. After officially announcing Chris Bosh’s new contract earlier today, Riley spoke with some media and had plenty of quotables, including that he felt mislead about LeBron’s free agency. Ethan J. Skolnick of Bleacher Report has more from Riley.

Wow. It sure sounds like James heading back to Cleveland has re-invigorated Riley. While losing the four-time MVP will sting Heat fans, they should be excited to learn that it will motivate Riley to make the team better than ever.

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