My takeaways from Pat Riley's presser...
Very high on Spo and his program. Brought it up multiple times and credits his system for making Richardson and Dengs such an effective 3 point shooters. Also mentioned how Wade improved shooting performance in the playoffs by going through Spo's shooting program. Overall, Spo and his staff seem to be something Riley is proud of. The way the team will play moving forward will be dictated by the players the team has.
Hassan Whiteside is the team's #1 priority this off season to the point where he's offered to take him around town to look for houses. They felt he came into the program with a lot of anger, but he's now past that and feels he's ready to take more responsibility. Feels his defensive ability make the team more explosive on offense.
See's Winslow as a front court player down the line, while still being able to be a play maker. Spoke highly of Richardson and expects Tyler Johnson and Briante Webber to make a big impact this summer league. See's them as two way players.
When asked about Haslem, Pat says it up to Haslem to decide what he whats to do. He still thinks Haslem can be effective within a certain role and praised his leadership ability and credits him for setting the tone in the locker room. One of the main reasons things ran smoothly off the court.
He challenged Dragic. Says there are no more excuses this time around. He needs to improve some aspects of his game. Spoke of times when the coach's system breaks down and how he needs to be the type of player to make things happen if the system fails. Will have him on a workout program in the off season.
Riley also had nice things to say about McRoberts and says his play, while unorthodox, can be very effective. Just needs to be healthy.
As for free agency, Riley still says the best way to win is with proven players. If the opportunity to land a big whale presents itself they will explore that possibility. Talked about how they had a set foundation during the "big three" era, and talked about how he likes the players we have and need to get back to that.
Forgot about Bosh. He says they are still figuring things out with Bosh. They want him back, but it's still unclear about his health.
Also forgot about Wade. Says they will sit down and figure things out whether its a long term contract or short term. Considers him a lifer like Haslem and will be on the team moving forward.Edited by SpottieOttie305 - 5/18/16 at 1:56pm