Riley Wins Chuck Daly Award

MIAMI — LeBron James isn’t the only member of the Miami Heat family to collect a little postseason hardware. The three-time KIA MVP was joined Tuesday by Heat president Pat Riley, who won the National Basketball Coaches Association 2012 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award.

A member of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame’s Class of 2008, Riley adds this latest honor to his long list of achievements. One of the most accomplished coaches and team executives in NBA history, Riley has spent 43 years in the league as a player, coach and executive.

“It’s good to be back … for a minute,” a smiling Riley said from the podium at AmericanAirlines Arena Tuesday night, where he received the award before Game 4 of The Finals between his Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder. “Chuck and I were rivals back in the 80s but there’s a connection that goes back so long.”

Riley praised Daly and all the coaches he’s competed against and learned from in his four decades, and counting, in basketball.

“The only thing I know anything about in my life has been taught to me by coaches,” he said. But he stopped short of saying he’d rather be back on the bench than orchestrating from behind the scenes.

“As far as me missing it, I don’t miss it,” he said. “I feel it in the gut right now. We have a very, very good young coach who’s growing leaps and bounds. I did 30 years. That’s enough.”

Riley joins a distinguished list of coaches who have won the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award. Prior winners include Lenny Wilkens in 2011, Tex Winter and Jack Ramsay in 2010 and Tommy Heinsohn in 2009.


  1. TheRileyLegacy says:

    As a long time Heat Fan, I am glad to say that he is by far the best coach the Heat have ever had. It is a true honor to have Mr. Riley in our roster as he took our laughable fairly new expansion team (1987) with only having Glen Rice as the only decent player picked up in the beginning to a playoff caliber team that could play such teams like the Bulls or Knicks during their glory days (both have been revived recently) and provide them championship worthy competition by acquiring greats like Penny and Zo and good players like Jamal Mashburn, Dan Marjerle, P.J Brown, and Eddie Jones. Once the fans thought he did well enough, he surprised us all by not only turning exec, but aquiring Wade, Shaq, and a great coach in Stan Van Gundy as the one to carry his legacy before he did so. Even more surprising was that when Stan had to go that instead of grabbing another coach, he stepped up to the plate and led his team to their first ever Championship to which we as Miami fans should give him as much if not more credit for getting them there than the players who made it happen.

  2. ZenMaster says:

    As a Laker fan I congratulate one of the most important heroes in our history. He’s leader now in the office and he has been a leader every day of his career.Without doubt has a priviled mind to built winning team’s. Thanks Pat for the memories..

  3. Adri says:

    Congratulations Pat Riley!I hope a big win at the game 5 will make your award more significative.

  4. Miami Heat Nation Loves Pat Riley and is happy we won Game 4

  5. Bev says:

    Congradulation to a Mastermind in the sport of Basketball.
    Lots of Love,