Well, Pat Riley knew it was going to happen.
During a radio appearance with Dan Le Batard this weekend, the Heat president said some interesting things about LeBron James, who is currently under contract with the Lakers, which is, well, problematic.
The Association took note of Riley’s comments and slapped him with a hefty forgery fine on Wednesday to teach him a lesson.
James is under contract with the Lakers for the next two years, which means any movement of nature to the Heat will mean a (really unlikely) trade, meaning the NBA doesn’t like business to be conducted on the Heat. waves.
The still self-aware Riley knew the fine was coming: at the end of the interview, he said he expected the fine to drop.
“It’s just going to get me fined for tampering,” Riley said.
Here’s what Riley said that made it a bit lighter in the wallet:
What did Pat Riley say about LeBron?
In a June 4 radio interview with the “Dan Le Batard Show,” the Heat president said he would “leave the key under the doormat” if LeBron James wanted to return to Miami for the twilight of his career.
Riley’s full comments on the situation:
I would leave the key under the doormat, if he called me and let me know he was coming. I would do that, but I very much doubt this key – this key is rusty now. LeBron, listen, he’s one of the greatest of all time. And for four years here – if we want 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. Les LeBrons, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Udonis (Haslem), it was the best time for the Heat. So I wish him all the best, and if he ever wants to come back, then I’ll put a shiny new key under this rug.
The question that garnered the answer actually concerned former Heat legend Dwyane Wade and do not LeBron James, which means Riley could have easily avoided a hefty $ 25,000 fine.
Maybe he can get Le Batard to pay the fine.