Was Pat Riley’s ‘hidden agendas’ remark a shot at LeBron James?
Miami Heat president Pat Riley held his end-of-season news conference Monday when he addressed the NBA draft and the uncertainty of building his team last summer.
Two Miami-area reporters noted Riley’s eyebrow-raising remark:
Pat Riley on the draft: "No more smiling faces with hidden agendas, so we'll be going in clean."Article continues below ...
— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) April 20, 2015
Wow. Rilley on the uncertainty of building last summer not knowing about LeBron, "No more smiling faces with hidden agendas."
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) April 20, 2015
Boy, that sounds a lot like commentary on LeBron James, who took his talents back to Cleveland in July 2014 after campaigning for the Heat to draft outgoing Connecticut point guard Shabazz Napier.
But Riley amended his comment, widening the scope of people to whom he might have been referring other than LeBron. Riley added that his remark "could be anyone across the board."
OK. Here’s a nonexhaustive list of persons other than LeBron James that Riley might have been referring to:
Choose your own adventure.
Riley also discussed his disappointment with the Heat missing the playoffs this season, the need for players to compete through pain and his plans for re-signing Goran Dragic — for whom the Heat gave up two future first-round picks (and four players) in a deal with the Phoenix Suns.
"If he doesn’t sign," Riley said laughing, "my [rear] is going to be in that [media] seat and I’ll be writing about it."