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Pat Riley

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Pat Riley

Patrick James "Pat" Riley (born March 20, 1945 in Rome, New York) is a celebrated basketball coach who has won four NBA titles as coach, in addition to earning one as a player.

Riley was a versatile athlete in college, and particularly known as a forward for the 1966 University of Kentucky basketball team, which fell in the NCAA title game to Texas Western (now known as UTEP). Riley was even drafted as a flanker by the Dallas Cowboys in the 11th round of the 1967 NFL draft, but did not play pro football.

Riley was a bench player in the early 1970s with the Los Angeles Lakers, the team that he helped to the 1972 NBA title. After a relatively obscure NBA career as a player, he retired, but he returned to the NBA in the early 1980s as an assistant coach with the Lakers.

Riley ascended to head coach in 1982, and the team defeated the Philadelphia 76ers for the championship that year. Both teams returned to the NBA Finals in 1983, but Riley's Lakers were swept by the 76ers that time. Riley would experience NBA Finals defeat again in 1984, when his Lakers lost in seven games to the Boston Celtics. In 1985, however, Riley earned his second title as a coach, when the Lakers beat the Celtics in six games in the NBA Finals. In 1986, the Lakers lost in five games in the Western Conference Finals to the Houston Rockets, Ralph Sampson's now famous buzzer-beater shot sending the Lakers into elimination in Game 5.

Riley's 1987 Lakers team is considered one of the greatest teams of all times by many. Aided by Laker regulars Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul Jabbar, plus role players such as Michael Cooper and Byron Scott, the Lakers regained the NBA championship, once again beating the Celtics in six games.

One of Riley's most famous moments came during the championship celebration, when he promised the crowd a repeat during the Lakers' championship parade in downtown Los Angeles. While 1988's Lakers did not produce as many wins as the team's 1987 version, nevertheless, they became the first team in 20 years to repeat as champions, making good on Riley's promise by beating the Detroit Pistons in seven games in the 1988 NBA Finals. But in 1989, the Lakers, plagued by injuries, lost to the Pistons when the Pistons swept them in an NBA Finals rematch.

Riley stepped down as coach of the Lakers after they lost to the Phoenix Suns in five games at the 1990 NBA playoffs, amid rumors of player mistreatment and anger problems by his part. Despite the rumors and his resignation, he was named NBA coach of the year for the first time after that season. Riley accepted a job as a television commentator for NBC after leaving the Lakers, but this job only lasted one year, because he was signed by the Knicks in 1991 as head coach. In 1993, he received his second coach of the year award. Riley returned to the NBA Finals in 1994, but his Knicks lost in seven games to the Rockets. In 1995, Riley resigned, and went on to coach the Miami Heat. In 1997, Riley was selected as coach of the year for the third time.

Riley was so disgusted with the Heat's performance in 2002 that he declared that he was about to fire himself during one stretch of that season. Before the beginning of the 2003-2004 season, he did step down as Heat coach, to dedicate himself to his job as general manager of the team full-time.

Outside of basketball, Riley is known for his friendship with Giorgio Armani, preferring to wear Armani suits during basketball games, and even modeling once at an Armani show.

Riley is second in the all-time winningest coach list, behind Lenny Wilkens.

Riley is also known for copyrighting the word Threepeat [1] (http://www.google.com/search?q=pat%20riley%20threepeat).

College Stats (University of Kentucky)

SeasonGames
Played
MinutesFGFGA%FTFTA%Total
Rebs
Asst.FTotal
Points
1964-652582516037043.2558961.82122798375
1965-6629107826551451.610715369.925964106637
1966-672695316537344.212215678.22016890452
Total802856590125746.928439871.46721592941464

NBA Stats

Regular Season Stats

Year Age Team G Min Pts PPG FGM FGA FGP FTM FTA FTP 3PM 3PA 3PP REB RPG AST APG STL BLK TO  
1967-68 22 San Diego Rockets 80 1263 628 7.9 250 660 .379 128 202 .634 0 0 .000 177 2.2 138 1.7 0 0 0  
1968-69 23 San Diego Rockets 56 1027 494 8.8 202 498 .406 90 134 .672 0 0 .000 112 2.0 136 2.4 0 0 0  
1969-70 24 San Diego Rockets 36 474 190 5.3 75 180 .417 40 55 .727 0 0 .000 57 1.6 85 2.4 0 0 0  
1970-71 25 Los Angeles Lakers 54 506 266 4.9 105 254 .413 56 87 .644 0 0 .000 54 1.0 72 1.3 0 0 0  
1971-72 26 Los Angeles Lakers 67 926 449 6.7 197 441 .447 55 74 .743 0 0 .000 127 1.9 75 1.1 0 0 0  
1972-73 27 Los Angeles Lakers 55 801 399 7.3 167 390 .428 65 82 .793 0 0 .000 65 1.2 81 1.5 0 0 0  
1973-74 28 Los Angeles Lakers 72 1361 684 9.5 287 667 .430 110 144 .764 0 0 .000 128 1.8 148 2.1 54 3 0  
1974-75 29 Los Angeles Lakers 46 1016 507 11.0 219 523 .419 69 93 .742 0 0 .000 85 1.8 121 2.6 36 4 0  
1975-76 30 Phoenix Suns 62 813 289 4.7 117 301 .389 55 77 .714 0 0 .000 50 0.8 57 0.9 22 6 0  
9 Season Totals   528 8187 3906 7.4 1619 3914 .414 668 948 .705 0 0 .000 855 1.6 913 1.7 112 13 0  

Playoff Stats

Year Team G Min Pts PPG FGM FGA FGP FTM FTA FTP 3PM 3PA 3PP REB RPG AST APG STL BLK TO
1968-69 San Diego Rockets 5 76 37 7.4 16 37 .432 5 6 .833 0 0 .000 11 2.2 2 0.4 0 0 0
1970-71 Los Angeles Lakers 7 135 66 9.4 29 69 .420 8 11 .727 0 0 .000 15 2.1 14 2.0 0 0 0
1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers 15 244 78 5.2 33 99 .333 12 16 .750 0 0 .000 29 1.9 14 0.9 0 0 0
1972-73 Los Angeles Lakers 7 53 18 2.6 9 27 .333 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 5 0.7 7 1.0 0 0 0
1973-74 Los Angeles Lakers 5 106 39 7.8 18 50 .360 3 4 .750 0 0 .000 6 1.2 10 2.0 0 0 0
1975-76 Phoenix Suns 5 27 13 2.6 6 15 .400 1 1 1.000 0 0 .000 0 0.0 5 1.0 0 0 0
Totals 44 641 251 5.7 111 297 .374 29 38 .763 0 0 .000 66 1.5 52 1.2 0 0 0
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