In Riley’s words, “the hardest thing to do as a coach or as a manager or as a president is to get players to do the things they don’t want to do in order to achieve what they want. And the objective of the player and his agent is for us to do everything that we don’t want to do to help him. And this is great. Because what he talks about is there must be a tension, a nice tension that’s ongoing that doesn’t create crisis but where you can collaborate with both sides….Because that’s what creates an edge.”
Riley conceded that, as a driver and motivator, he has created a lot of tension with players, but believes that while some disliked him, and maybe “still can’t get over getting yelled at,” he feels great respect from plenty of others.
“I think the only thing a coach would want from his players is that when you see them years later, you give each other a hug,” Riley said, before breaking into laughter. “Whatever happened between you and me, it was all for the wonderful cause of winning. That we both had the burning desire to do.”
There is so much great stuff in here from Pat Riley: