Well, Pat Riley knew he was coming.
In a radio appearance with Dan Le Batard over the weekend, the Heat president had some interesting things to say about LeBron James, who is currently under contract with the Lakers, which is, well, problematic.
The Association took note of Riley’s comments and slapped him with a hefty fine for manipulation Wednesday to teach him a lesson.
James is under contract with the Lakers for the next two years, which means that any move to the Heat will mean a trade (really unlikely), which means the NBA doesn’t like the business being carried out on the radio.
Yet the ever-aware Riley knew the fine was coming: At the end of the interview, he said he expected the fine to go down.
“This will only fine me for manipulation,” Riley said.
Here’s what Riley said that made it a bit lighter on the wallet:
What did Pat Riley say about LeBron?
In a June 4 radio interview on the “Dan Le Batard Show,” the Heat president said he would “leave the key under the mat,” LeBron James should want to return to Miami for the twilight of his career.
Riley’s full comments on the situation:
I’d leave the key under the doormat if you call me and let me know you’re coming. I would do that, but I highly doubt that key, that key is rusty now. LeBron, look, he’s one of the greatest of all time. And for four years here, if we want to go back and remember how those four years were, it was four years in the final, four years of excitement, two world championships. LeBron, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Udonis (Haslem), it was the best moment for the Heat. So I wish you nothing but the best, and if you ever wanted to go back, I’ll put a shiny new key under that rug.
The question that got the answer was actually regarding former Heat legend Dwyane Wade and not LeBron James, which means Riley could have easily avoided being fined a hefty $ 25,000.
Maybe I can get Le Batard to pay the fine.