The executive did not criticize James à la Skip Bayless. In fact, Riley’s remarks were quite flattering: James would be welcome to the team if he wanted to return. The Heat won the 2012 and 2013 NBA titles with James, now a Los Angeles Laker.
“I would leave the key under the doormat if he called me and let me know he was coming,” Riley said on “The Dan The Batard Show” last week. “I would do that, but I very much doubt this key … This key is rusty now.”
“LeBron, look, he’s one of the greatest of all time, and for four years here, if we’re going to go back and remember what those four years were like, it was four years in the final, four years of excitement … two world championships … it was the best time for the Heat. So I only wish him the best, and if he ever wants to come back, then I will put a shiny new key under this carpet.
“It’s just going to get me fined for tampering,” Riley predicted.
Of course, enough, the league announced on Wednesday that it had ordered Riley to spend more than $ 25,000 for essentially recruiting his former star.
Check out Riley’s remarks about James at 3:38 p.m.: