Winderman, Ira
January 2006
Sporting News;1/20/2006, Vol. 230 Issue 3, p22
The article focuses on Pat Riley, coach of the basketball team Miami Heat. Much has changed in basketball since Riley last coached. The Los Angeles Lakers have fallen. The Detroit Pistons have risen. And the young, athletic wave of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and the Heat's Dwyane Wade have pushed the game away from the lockdown defensive style Riley had come to represent. The coach famous for his intensity and dictatorial ways is different, too. He has mellowed. Concessions are made for what his players can't do instead of insisting every player be a shutdown defender and march in lock step to the playbook. He accepts his players' instincts. INSET: Stan the family man.


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