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Miami Heat team president Pat Riley addressed the state of the organization on Monday following a loss to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Among other things, like the shape of the current roster, the 77-year-old Riley was asked if he had any retirement plans.
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“I didn’t think about it at all. Until someone brought it to me, other than the media… I’m 77 and right now I can do more push-ups than you right now You want to go to the mat, let’s go,” Riley said with a laugh.
Riley said he still wants to finish what he built in the post-LeBron James and Dwyane Wade era of the organization with Jimmy Butler as the centerpiece and top talent like Bam Adebayo, Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson around him. The emergence of players like Max Strus and Gabe Vincent also helped propel the team forward.
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“I definitely feel an obligation to finish this build. And so if we’re three years away in this build – then I don’t want to do another three years to just build this team. I think we’re in this window of internals. We have a great, great, great player in Jimmy Butler, we know that,” Riley said, via ESPN.
“We have a lot of real experienced veterans and so we put together a team that made it to the Eastern Conference Finals and it was bitter, it was a bitter loss. The dragon has yet to leave my body after that loss. I was stunned, I was frustrated, I was angry, I was all of those things last week and now I’m starting to get past it all, so I didn’t think about it at all. “
Riley said he liked the team body and wasn’t worried about aging veterans like Lowry and PJ Tucker.
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Additionally, Riley said he would like to see Lowry enter training camp next season in better shape and if Herro is looking to be a starter, he will have to earn that right.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.