While many, many Miamians continued to root against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals this year, don’t count Miami Heat brass and Pat Riley among them.
“I can tell you that I was surprised over the last handful of days at not only how magnanimous the Heat were being,” Dan Le Batard said on his radio show during the local hour, “and I wont necessarily say they were rooting for LeBron but they see it’s a good story for the league and they appreciate greatness and they felt like he earned the chance to win the title. so before Game 7 even happened — and hatred and anger are not synonymous — there is not a hatred for LeBron James. There is not.
“And Pat Riley can be angry but he’s not hateful and he appreciates greatness, and before that game happened he wasn’t sitting there rooting against LeBron James. Was not… Before that game was even played last night — so this isn’t revisionist history — he was good with the idea of LeBron James winning a title.”
James credited the Miami Heat blueprint last night after taking Game 7 in Oakland.
“I do believe that if there’s a sting here the Miami Heat believe that culture and that building and that architecture was what made LeBron James win and LeBron will give credence to portions of that but LeBron James believed he could take that with him and he was right,” Le Batard said. “Grasshopper became master. He was right. He could take it with him and now he gets to be right forever.”