Pat Riley to Danny Ainge: Shut up

Miami Heat President Pat Riley has added another chapter to his

rivalry with the Boston Celtics.

After LeBron James complained about calls and Boston Celtics

president of basketball operations Danny Ainge chided him for it,

Riley lashed back Friday night.

Riley’s response: ”Danny Ainge needs to shut the (expletive) up

and manage his own team.”

This saga started Wednesday after Miami’s 27-game winning streak

ended in Chicago. James told reporters that night that he does not

believe some of the hard fouls he takes are ”basketball plays.” A

day later, Ainge told Boston radio station WEEI that ”it’s almost

embarrassing that LeBron would complain about officiating.”

Riley was clearly irked, calling Ainge ”the biggest whiner

going when he was a player.”

The Heat and Celtics play April 12 in Miami.

Miami beat New Orleans 108-89 on Friday night, with James

leading the way with 36 points. When informed afterward of the

statement, James said he appreciated Riley having his back.

”That’s who we are,” James said. ”We ride together, all of

us, from the top to the bottom. We all protect each other on and

off the floor and it was big-time to see that.”