NBA notes: Riley gets lifetime achievement award

June 20, 2012 

NBA Finals Basketball

Miami Heat President Pat Riley watches action between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat during the second half at Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series, Sunday, June 17, 2012, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


Pat Riley was walking out of Chuck Daly's hospital room in 2009, got to the doorway and turned around for another word from his longtime colleague, rival and friend.

Riley remembers it vividly.

"He looked at me, I looked back at him and he just sort of said, 'I'll see you later,'" said Riley, the Hall of Fame coach and now president of the Miami Heat. "I'll never forget it. That was the last time I saw him."

Riley and Daly were rivals as coaches, eventually became close friends and now they're linked once again. The National Basketball Coaches Association selected Riley as this year's recipient of the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award, which commemorates the former Detroit coach's life in basketball and his "standard of integrity, competitive excellence and tireless promotion" of the game.

Riley is the fifth person to receive the award, joining Tommy Heinsohn in 2009, Jack Ramsay and Tex Winter in 2010 and Lenny Wilkens in 2011.

"This is not an award," Riley said. "This is something somebody bestows on you. I'm very honored that the coaches association would do this."

Riley, the former Kentucky Wildcat, has been part of the NBA for more than 40 years, with 1,210 wins and 21 playoff appearances as a head coach, as well as a slew of charitable undertakings in Miami, Los Angeles and New York.

"Well, for us as a team, he means a lot," Heat forward LeBron James said. "You know, he put together this team, and we just look at his résumé. We look at his experience either as a player, as a coach or as an executive. He's done some great things."

The award comes with perhaps extra significance this year, with so much attention on the 20th anniversary of the Dream Team — the team of NBA stars that went to the 1992 Olympics and won a gold medal, with Daly leading the way as the coach.

"I think the perspective was very clear what that team was and what that team was about," Riley said. "He had absolute confidence being around these types of players, tremendous confidence to challenge them in such a way that I don't think anybody else could have challenged them."

Wade wants to suspend ex-wife's visitation

Dwyane Wade has asked a Chicago judge to suspend his ex-wife's right to visitation with their two children after a weekend incident that delayed the boys' return to his custody and led to her arrest.

Wade's attorney, James Pritikin, filed an emergency motion and appeared in court Tuesday.A hearing was set for June 26, which would be the date of Game 7 if the Heat and Thunder extend the series to its limit.

Wade said that his sons have been with him in Miami since about 6 a.m. Sunday — "That's what mattered most to me, getting them here to be with me on Father's Day," he said — and that the incident has not adversely affected his play in the championship series.

Return to Seattle could take years

The investor leading the push for a new arena that could bring the NBA back to Seattle says he hopes supporters don't get disillusioned if it ends up taking five to seven years for pro basketball to return.

Chris Hansen said he expects more options for NBA franchise relocations to become available over the next five years. But he cautioned it could be a lengthy process.

Last week, Hansen announced that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer would be part of the investment group for the arena and an NBA franchise.

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