The Miami Heat and LeBron James have taken their fair share of criticism ever since "the decision." Okay that's an understatement; it’s been more than a fair share. Everyone has felt the need to voice their own opinion on the matter whether reporters have asked them or not.
The list of detractors is seemingly greater than the supporters. We've heard from current players, former players, coaches, owners and GM's. All the while Pat Riley stood quiet behind the scenes without uttering a word. That changed September 10th when Riley finally ended his silence.
Here are some of the things he had to say to all the Heat critics:
"Get a life."
"I take a little bit of umbrage to some of the things that came from people in our game that all of a sudden have become the moral conscience or moral authority on the decisions that every team or some individual might make concerning his life or his career."
Riley's most significant quote provides the basis for my article:
"I know one thing, we will show up and we will play games. And our team will be ready. And I think that's the way we can answer all the critics."
The Miami Heat organization strives on preparation and you can guarantee they will be ready when the NBA kicks off the regular season Oct. 26th with the Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics. Aside from their intense conditioning they have one of the great motivators in Pat Riley, President of the team.
Riley will take every critic's words and use them to fire up the team. LeBron James' twitter comment demonstrates that possibility: "Don't think for one (minute) that I haven't been taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me this summer. And I mean everyone!"
Riley has taken mental notes too and expect them to be on the bulletin board before every game. The following are possible statements that will make it on that board.