Local 10 News is the first to learn that Pat Riley has stepped down as Head Coach of the Miami Heat. Riley is set to make the official announcement at a press conference on Monday afternoon. As expected, he will remain as the Heat’s President.
Meantime, Riley will also announce that Erik Spoelstra will replace him as Head Coach. Spoelstra has always been highly regarded by Riley, and he has groomed Spoelstra for 13 years for this day. The 37-year old Portland native has certainly paid his dues. He started as a Video Coordinator with Miami in 1995, and has worked his way up to Director of Scouting. Riley sees him as a younger version of himself, and the players respect him.
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