Pat Riley was the orchestrator of the Showtime Lakers and the rugged New York Knicks before settling into a role as the overseer of the Miami Heat.
Could Riley, the Heat president, be lured back to Hollywood in an effort to resurrect a franchise that missed the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season, despite having added LeBron James as a free agent last summer.
Stephen A. Smith, appearing on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption on First Take, believes Lakers owner Jeanie Buss would very much like to do so.
Even though Riley denied any interest in potentially making such a move last week — saying he would finish his career as president of the Heat — he still has a beachside home in Malibu.
Pat Riley confirms he will finish his career in Miami
— Shandel Richardson (@ShandelRich) April 13, 2019
The Lakers are in search of a new president after the shocking resignation of Magic Johnson, the floor leader during Riley’s tenure as coach of the Showtime Lakers, winning four NBA championships and a fifth as an assistant coach before assuming the position.