Pat Riley was pleased with the performance of the Miami Heat this season, but the NBA suspension may prevent his team from fighting for the title.
The president of the Heat said his team has had a great year so far and hopes the season will resume.
“We had a very, very good basketball team. Very well-coached, and I think we proved it on the court night in and night out. We overcame some adversity, some injuries. When that happened, next man up. That’s one of [Erik Spoelstra’s] sayings. I think we were [41-24] or something along those lines and headed to home-court advantage in the playoffs.
It was a great year. I’m really disappointed that we haven’t seen the finish, especially after we made the trade when we brought in Andre Iguodala, Solomon Hill and Jae Crowder. I thought that was going to give us a little bit of an edge going into the playoffs.
For all intents and purposes, I’m so happy that we turned a lot of things around and we found the right players, the right mix of pick-and-roll players, guys that can post up and really found a couple of guys that can shoot the ball — really shoot the ball — so we’re happy for that and we’re really optimistic about moving forward into the future with these players,” Riley said in a video released Wednesday by the Heat, via Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald.
Prior to the NBA suspension, Miami was fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 41-24 record.