Pat Riley

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Pat Riley

Born

3/20/1945, Rome, New York

Birth Name

Patrick James Riley

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Arguably the most famous basketball coach of all time, Pat Riley spent time with the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks. He also spent 9 years in the NBA as a player.

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  • Trivia

    • Pat averaged 7.4 points per game throughout his whole career.

    • Pat averaged 4.7 points per game in the 1975-76 season with the Phoenix.

    • Pat averaged 11.0 points per game in the 1974-75 season with the LA Lakers.

    • Pat averaged 9.5 points per game in the 1973-74 season with the LA Lakers.

    • Pat averaged 7.3 points per game in the 1972-73 season with the LA Lakers.

    • Pat averaged 6.7 points per game in the 1971-72 season with the LA Lakers.

    • Pat averaged 4.9 points per game in the 1970-71 season with the LA Lakers.

    • Pat averaged 5.3 points per game in the 1969-70 season with the San Diego Rockets.

    • Pat averaged 8.8 points per game in the 1968-69 season with the San Diego Rockets.

    • Pat averaged 7.9 points per game in the 1967-68 season with the San Diego Rockets.

    • Pat partially led the Miami Heat to a 41-20 (52-30 overall) regular season record in 2005. He led them to a 16-7 post season record as well to help them win the NBA Championship.

    • Pat led the Miami Heat to a 25-37 regular season record in 2002. He did not lead his team to the playoffs that year.

    • Pat led the Miami Heat to a 36-46 regular season record in 2001. He did not lead his team to the playoffs that year.

    • Pat led the Miami Heat to a 36-46 regular season record in 2000. He did not lead his team to the playoffs that year.

    • Pat led the Miami Heat to a 50-32 regular season record in 2000. He led them to a 0-3 post season record as well.

    • Pat led the Miami Heat to a 52-30 regular season record in 1999. He led them to a 6-4 post season record as well.

    • Pat partially led the Miami Heat to a 33-17 regular season record in 1998. He led them to a 2-3 post season record as well.

    • Pat led the Miami Heat to a 55-27 regular season record in 1997. He led them to a 2-3 post season record as well.

    • Pat led the Miami Heat to a 61-21 regular season record in 1996. He led them to a 8-9 post season record as well.

    • Pat led the Miami Heat to a 42-40 regular season record in 1995. He led them to a 0-3 post season record as well.

    • Pat led the New York Knicks to a 55-27 regular season record in 1994. He led them to a 6-5 post season record as well.

    • Pat led the New York Knicks to a 57-25 regular season record in 1993. He led them to a 14-11 post season record as well.

    • Pat led the New York Knicks to a 60-22 regular season record in 1992. He led them to a 9-6 post season record as well.

    • Pat led the New York Knicks to a 51-31 regular season record in 1991. He led them to a 6-6 post season record as well.

    • Pat led the LA Lakers to a 63-19 regular season record in 1989. He led them to a 4-5 post season record as well.

    • Pat led the LA Lakers to a 57-25 regular season record in 1988. He led them to a 11-4 post season record as well.

    • Pat led the LA Lakers to a 62-20 regular season record in 1987. He led them to a 15-9 post season record as well to help them win the NBA Championship.

    • Pat led the LA Lakers to a 65-17 regular season record in 1986. He led them to a 15-3 post season record as well to help them win the NBA Championship.

    • Pat led the LA Lakers to a 62-20 regular season record in 1985. He led them to a 8-6 post season record as well.

    • Pat led the LA Lakers to a 62-20 regular season record in 1984. He led them to a 15-4 post season record as well to help them win the NBA Championship.

    • Pat led the LA Lakers to a 54-28 regular season record in 1983. He led them to a 14-7 post season record as well.

    • Pat led the LA Lakers to a 58-24 regular season record in 1982. He led them to a 8-7 post season record as well.

    • Pat led the LA Lakers to a 50-21 regular season record in 1981. He led them to a 12-2 post season record as well.

    • Pat, Miami's all-time leader in games coached with 542, has compiled a 354-270 record for a .567 winning percentage, during his seven seasons in South Florida and has guided the HEAT to six playoff appearances and 18 postseason victories.

    • Pat's teams captured four consecutive Atlantic Division championships from 1996-2000.

    • Pat currently stands as the all-time leader in both regular season and postseason victories for both the LA Lakers and the Miami Heat.

    • Pat became the only head coach in NBA history to record at least 330 victories with two different franchises in the 2002-03 season.

    • Pat recorded his 1,000th victory in just his 1,434th game.

    • When Pat opened the 2000-01 season with an Opening Night victory over intrastate rival Orlando on November 1, he became the fastest coach or manager to reach 1,000 wins in the history of the four professional sports in North America.

    • Pat has registered an NBA-record seven 60-win seasons, accomplishing the milestone with each of the three franchises he has guided.

    • Pat has guided his teams to at least 50 wins in a season an NBA-record 17 times, six more than the closest coach in league history.

    • Pat has served as a head coach in nine NBA All-Star games.

    • Pat's 19 total postseason coaching berths are tied with Auerbach for the most playoff appearances in a head coaching career in the NBA.

    • Pat's string of 19 consecutive postseason berths from 1982-2001 is a league record for consecutive appearances, one more than Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach.

    • Pat has also captured NBA Coach of the Month honors a league-record nine times.

    • Pat has been honored as the NBA Coach of the Year on three occasions, the only coach in NBA history to receive the award with three different teams.

    • Pat has captured 16 divisional championships, eight conference championships and four NBA championships as a head coach.

    • Pat received one of the highest honors bestowed upon an NBA coach when he was named one of the Top 10 Coaches of All-time by a panel of media who regularly cover the league in 1996-97 as the NBA celebrated its 50th Anniversary

    • Pat's .684 winning percentage in regular season play ranks third all-time in the NBA and his .608 postseason winning percentage ranks seventh all-time in the league annuals.

    • Pat has averaged over 54 wins per season in his career.

    • Pat's 155 postseason victories are one shy of Phil Jackson for the most in NBA history and his 255 postseason games coached rank first all-time in the league.

    • Pat's 1,085 regular season victories trail only Lenny Wilkens on the NBA's all-time list.

    • Pat has compiled a 1,085-502 (.684) all-time record while guiding the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and the Miami Heat.

  • Quotes

    • Pat: You have to defeat a great players aura more than his game.

    • Pat: You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.

    • Pat: To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.

    • Pat: There's no such thing as coulda, shoulda, or woulda. If you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it.

    • Pat: There's always the motivation of wanting to win. Everybody has that. But a champion needs, in his attitude, a motivation above and beyond winning.

    • Pat: There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There's no such thing as life in-between.

    • Pat: People who create 20% of the results will begin believing they deserve 80% of the rewards.

    • Pat: Management must speak with one voice. When it doesn't management itself becomes a peripheral opponent to the team's mission.

    • Pat: Look for your choices, pick the best one, then go with it.

    • Pat: If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.

    • Pat: Great effort springs naturally from a great attitude.

    • Pat: Giving yourself permission to lose guarantees a loss.

    • Pat: Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.

    • Pat: Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing!

    • Pat: Don't let other people tell you what you want.

    • Pat: Discipline is not a nasty word.

    • Pat: Being ready isn't enough; you have to be prepared for a promotion or any other significant change.

    • Pat: Being a part of success is more important than being personally indispensable.

    • Pat: A particular shot or way of moving the ball can be a player's personal signature, but efficiency of performance is what wins the game for the team.

    • Pat: A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.

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