MIAMI _ Pat Riley is one of the greatest coaches ever. But he only once won back-to-back titles.
There's a reason for that. It's very hard to do.
Riley, who has coached teams to five NBA crowns, calls it the Disease of More. After a team wins a championship, Miami forward Shane Battier said Riley has told him that guys want "more playing time, more shots, more glory."
Maybe it's not the Disease of More on the Heat since they seem to be a pretty unselfish bunch. But perhaps it's the Disease of Malaise considering it's much more difficult to get motivated after winning a title.
Whatever it is, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra has been talking to Riley, the Heat president, about the challenges of his team repeating. The only time Riley, who won four crowns with the Lakers and one with Miami, was able to do it was in 1987 and 1988 in Los Angeles.
Spoelstra wouldn't reveal specifics on what Riley has told him. But, considering Riley, Chuck Daly, Phil Jack...