Pat Riley considered the greatest NBA coach of all times has been the head coach of five championship teams, most recent 2006 NBA Championship with the Miami Heat. Retired as head coach, he now heads the Miami heat as team president. Prior to his Miami Heat coaching, he headed the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks.
His coaching career began with the Lakers leading them to four consecutive NBA Finals appearances. Riley’s first title came in his first season against the Philadelphia 76ers. He earned is second NBA title in 1985 when the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics in six games and his third NBA title in 1987 beating the Celtics again. While still head coach for the Lakers, Riley made history by guaranteeing a repeat championship for the Lakers the following season. The Lakers became the first team in 20 years to repeat as champions not only in 1988 as promised by Riley, but again in 1989. Riley was named NBA Coach of the Year in 1990 for the first time, but had stepped down as head coach that same year due to rumored ager issues and team player issues. The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Phoenix Suns that same year.
In 1991 Riley became the head coach for the New York Knicks, leading them to the team’s best year ever and was honored with his second Coach of the Year title. In 1995, Riley headed the Miami Heat basketball team. Although 1989, 1999 and 2000 playoff would bring disappointing losses to Miami, coach Riley would be honored with his third Coach Of The Year title. With many players traded and much changes made in throughout his coaching years with the Miami Heat, they finally reached the NBA Championship title in 2006. On April 2008, Pat Riley announced his retirement and stepped down as the head coach of the Miami Heat after the team’s worst ever finish record 15-67.