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NBA – 1987 – Brent Musburger Interviews Lakers Coach Pat Riley Prior To Finals Game 4 With Celtics

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Patrick James Riley (born March 20, 1945) is an American professional basketball executive….and a former coach and player in the National Basketball Association (NBA).. He has been the team president of the Miami Heat since 1995….as well as being head coach in two separate tenures….one from 1995 through 2003….and the other from 2005 through 2008….who is regarded as one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time….having served as the head coach of five championship teams…..when he won four with the Los Angeles Lakers during their Showtime era in the 1980’s….and one with the Miami Heat in 2006.  He was named NBA Coach of the Year three times….with the Lakers in 1989–90….with the Knicks in 1992–93….and with the Heat in 1996–97.  He was head coach of an NBA All-Star Game team nine times….eight times with the Western Conference team in 1982, 1983 and 1985–1990….all as head coach of the Lakers…. and once with the Eastern team in 1993….as head coach of the Knicks.  He is the first North American sports figure to win a championship as a player, assistant coach, head coach, and as an executive….and In 1996, he was named one of the 10 Greatest Coaches in NBA history.  As a player, he played for the Lakers’ championship team in 1972. Riley most recently won the 2012 and 2013 NBA championships with the Heat as their team president.  He received the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award from the NBA Coaches Association on June 20, 2012.

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