2005-07-14

Miami Needs a Coach Upgrade


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Other than lack of experience, weaknesses are hard to come by when analyzing the Miami Heat. Pat Riley may just have found the biggest hole to fill, though.

Count me not among those wondering how Riley could consider stepping in for coach Stan VanGundy. To some, the Heat's recent success is evidence of VanGundy's qualifications.

What? Getting a team that could win half of its games without a coach close to the NBA Championship? Riley did that armed only with Alonzo Mourning. For my money, VanGundy is the reason the Shaq / Wade show were stopped short of the Finals.

The prospect of Riley taking over has me salivating. Just think: Shaq, an element of recent Laker glory, combined with Riley, who directed the greatest Laker teams of all time during the Showtime era. Throw in Wade and you've got a recipe for Championship success.

If Shaq had stayed in LA, people would still be confusing VanGundy with his brother, Jeff. You know, the one who can coach!

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