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HEAT Announce Riley Will Coach Defending NBA Champions In 2006-07

MIAMI, August 23 – The Miami HEAT announced today that President and Head Coach Pat Riley will remain on the sidelines as head coach for the 2006-07 season as the HEAT defend their first NBA championship. Riley, the third winningest coach in NBA history, has compiled a 1,151-589 (.661) record in 22 seasons as a head coach. He also ranks second on the NBA’s all-time postseason win list, having compiled a 171-107 (.615) record and has captured five NBA titles as a head coach. In nine seasons with the HEAT he has amassed a 395-290 (.577) regular season record and a 34-32 (.515) mark in postseason play with one NBA championship. Riley returned to the bench last season on Dec. 12 after a two-year hiatus and guided the HEAT to a 41-20 (.672) record and a Southeast Division title. He then led the HEAT to their first NBA championship, culminating with a 95-92 win in Game 6 at Dallas on June 20.

“After winning the championship, I realized there’s always something meaningful that happens in your life that becomes the primary point of your destiny,” said Riley. “Winning the championship showed me that I am definitely in the right place, at the right time, with the right people. I can’t wait to get started.”

Riley will not be available to the media.