Pat Riley has been in Miami for around 15 years. Prior to coming to Miami, he coached some of the all-time greats. Do the names Magic Johnson and Patrick Ewing sound familiar? He's won five NBA Championships as a head coach, one as an assistant coach, and one as a player (on the LA Lakers squad of '72).
So when Pat Riley says he is going to build a dynasty in Miami...I believe him.
After all, I would say he knows what it takes to win.
He's tried it twice before. First when he arrived at Miami in 1996, and then again in Dwyane Wade's sophomore season in 2004.
The first attempt featured bringing in the dynamic duo of Mourning and Tim Hardaway, who headlined a championship contending team but were thwarted by a man called Mike and his team from Chicago. The second attempt was more successful, as the Heat's second great duo of Wade and Shaquille O'Neal captured the city's first NBA title in 2006.
Judging by the past, I would say Pat Riley is pretty good at constructing teams to win championships. In Miami alone he was the architect who assembled two teams over the span of a decade who legitimately had the ability to win championships. While the first was unsuccessful, there was really nothing Riley could have done to account for Michael Jordan's dominance of the '90s.
Flash back to the present.
The NBA has quietly been monitoring Miami's financial position, and it appears that come free-agent period the Heat will be one of the biggest players in arguably the biggest offseason in NBA history. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amar'e Stoudemire, Joe Johnson, Dirk Nowitzki, David Lee, Carlos Boozer, and Rudy Gay are just some of the names that figure to headline this summer.
In some aspects the talent could be considered intimidating. Riley will need to pull off some seriously ingenious work to lure some of the big names to Miami, but he's definitely capable of it.
LeBron James, Chris Bosh, or Amar'e Stoudemire?
Those three names are at the top of Riley's wishlist. Which one will be coming to join Dwyane Wade in Miami? You can be certain that there are high chances at least one of the three will come, and it doesn't really matter which one. Any of those names paired with Wade immediately puts the Heat among the upper echelon in the East.
Take into account that Miami would then still have enough money to get another All-Star caliber player and the team is starting to look deadly. What about the scenario of clearing out Michael Beasley and Daequan Cook for cash to make room for a second max-contract player?
The possibilities are endless and with Riley's track record of the past I would be extremely surprised if he settled for anything less than the best.
Commissioner Stern, start engraving the hardware, because Pat Riley is about to assemble a dynasty that will deliver another championship to the city of Miami.