"It is Erik's call on whether or not he's going to stay with the team or go spend time with the new family I created for him," said Riley. "I'm not going to force him either way. But there's a little baby that is counting on him right now for undivided attention."
The Heat have gotten off to a disappointing 10-8 start, sparking rumors that Riley will push Spoelstra aside as he is thought to have done with former Heat coach Stan Van Gundy under similar circumstances in 2005.
But Riley insists that is not the case.
Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh promised to make history in Miami and, despite a disappointing start that has seen them win eight games already, the trio believes an NBA record-tying 9-73 regular season mark is still within reach.
"I'm as upset as anyone with our start," said James. "I need to do my part. Wade and Bosh have stepped up with some truly terrible games so far, but I need to pull my weight, too. I can't rely on them for all the failure."
Sitting at 8-6 after losses to the Grizzlies and Pacers, the Heat will have to finish 1-67 to match the Sixers' record of 9-73 in the 1972-73 season.
"It's going to be tough," said Wade. "As much as we want it, we still have games left against teams like the Sixers and Clippers. It's almost impossible not to win a few of those."
November 19, 2010 Column
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The Miami Heat issued their fans the following tip sheet last week:
Now they're coming out with more helpful tips for everyone else in the arena:
"It's a disappointing loss," said James. "Sure, it would have been nice to have won an NBA title or two by now, but maybe that's not realistic."
The Heat are 5-4 with none of their victories coming in the playoffs or NBA Finals, meaning they remain 73 regular season games and a full postseason away from being able to come together as a team and prove themselves.
"Not only that, but we all have six-year deals," said Wade. "We probably can't be truly evaluated until after those six years are over. I mean, what if we had won an NBA title in our regular season opener this year but then never won one again? That would be a failure, right? But what if we start this season 5-4, like we have, and still win 3 or 4 titles in the next 6 years that would be pretty good, right? I'm honestly asking. I'm so overcome with personal failure right now I can't think straight."
James said he didn't want to focus on Miami's many failings.
He probably got those from a South Beach retirement home. (via @bubbaprog)
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This move won't do well if he doesn't get two better co-stars.
Wait. Why does he have a tattoo? Has he done time? He's not a viable candidate.