Quote of the week

Pat Riley, on the likelihood of his being named to the Hall of Fame:

I look at it this way: I don’t belong there.

I never coached a [Catholic Youth Organization] team. I never hauled a group of wannabes in the back of a truck to Central Park and worked them out from dawn to dusk. I never took a kid home in my car and treated his athlete’s [foot] in my house when I was in high school. I never did the 8 million hours of work that a student-manager/assistant coach did. I never did any of that stuff.

I was pushed through a door and a silver spoon was shoved in my mouth, that had Kareem and Magic and Worthy and McAdoo and Scott and Cooper and Nixon. I mean, that’s how I got my start. And most of the guys that are in [the Hall] did it the other way. So that’s how I look at it.

“Scott” is Byron Scott, currently coaching the New Orleans Hornets, and he begs to differ:

No matter what the team he was given, somebody still has to coach them, discipline them. Somebody has to still earn their respect, which he’s done over the years.

This is Riley’s first year of eligibility for a spot in Springfield.

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