Miami Heat’s Pat Riley fined $25k for Comments on LeBron James

The NBA fined Miami Heat team president Pat Riley $25,000 for comments he made about Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.

I would leave the key under the doormat if he would call me and let me know that he’s coming,” he said. “I would do that, but I doubt very much that key…that key is rusted now. … I wish him nothing but the best, and if he ever wanted to come back, I’ll put a new shiny key under the mat.

James signed an extension with the Lakers in December, which will keep him under contract through the 2022-23 season. Hence, a return to Miami likely won’t be happening anytime soon.

Riley also appeared to state how the four-time MVP did not specifically leave the Heat on the best of terms.

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After returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, James said he had a “secret motivation” feeding his hunt for a third NBA title at the time. He eventually unveiled the details after that desire as the Cavs beat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

When I decided to leave Miami—I’m not going to name any names, I can’t do that—but there were some people that I trusted and built relationships within those four years [who] told me I was making the biggest mistake of my career,” James said to ESPN.

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And that s–t hurt me. And I know it was an emotional time that they told me that because I was leaving. They just told me it was the biggest mistake I was making in my career. And that right there was my motivation.

Although James did not reference the Heat officials by name, many understood he was referring to Riley.

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