MIAMI - And you thought Pat Riley was impatient.
This is, after all, the guy who once guaranteed his Lakers would win a second straight NBA title (they did). Hes the one who moved into the coaching chair during the 2005-06 season to replace Stan Van Gundy and then led Miami to the NBA crown. And hes the guy many have assumed has been ready to replace Erik Spoelstra for another stint on the Heat bench if the LeBron James-Dwayne Wade-Chris Bosh trifecta isnt working out as planned.
So what has the Heat president done?
Well, patient Pat revealed Friday that Spoelstra, whose Heat lost the NBA Finals 4-2 to Dallas last spring, has had his contract extended beyond this season. And Riley didnt rubber stamp Wades declaration earlier this week that, If we dont win a championship, yes, its a bust year.
You got to earn the right to get to the point where you can say, OK, its championship or bust, said Riley, who didnt specifically mention Wade. After six or seven years of being together an...