The government didn’t bash James a la Skip Bayless. In truth, Riley’s remarks had been fairly flattering ― that James can be welcomed again to the crew if he needed to return. The Heat gained the 2012 and 2013 NBA titles with James, now a Los Angeles Laker.
“I would leave the key under the doormat if he would call me and let me know he’s coming,” Riley stated on “The Dan Le Batard Show” final week. “I would do that, but I doubt very much that key … That key is rusted now.”
“LeBron, look, he’s one of the greatest of all time, and for four years down here, if we want to go back and just remember what those four years were like, it was four years in the Finals, four years of excitement … two world championships. …
It was the best time for the Heat. So I wish him nothing but the best, and if he ever wanted to come back, then I’ll put a new shiny key under that mat.”
“This will just get me fined for tampering,” Riley predicted.
Sure, sufficient, the league introduced Wednesday it had ordered Riley to fork over $25,000 for basically recruiting his former star.