Newspaper that inspires change. Breaking stories that shake the world. Be informed, Don't Settle for Fake News.

feat shape 1
feat shape 2
feat shape 3

Pat Riley: Heat Will Beat Celtics, Butler Should 'Keep Your Mouth Shut'

Miami Heat president Pat Riley questions Jimmy Butler's comments about Heat beating Celtics and Knicks, but unlikely to trade Butler.

Miami Heat president, Pat Riley, expressed his displeasure with star player Jimmy Butler's recent comments suggesting the Heat could have beaten the Boston Celtics in the playoffs if Butler had not been injured. In reality, the Celtics dominated the Heat in five games, with the final three being blowouts. Butler also mentioned the New York Knicks as a team he believes Miami could defeat.

Riley questioned whether Butler's remarks were meant as a joke or if he was serious, emphasizing that players should refrain from criticizing teams they are not actively playing against. Butler made the controversial statements after both the Celtics and Knicks had advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

Despite the speculation and Riley's reaction to Butler's comments, Riley indicated that there are no immediate plans to trade Butler in the offseason. However, he did mention that various options are being considered.

Riley is not just the Heat's president but also a highly respected executive in the NBA, known for his straightforward communication style. While some may find his comments harsh, many players appreciate his honesty.

Looking ahead, Riley acknowledged the importance of carefully evaluating any contract extension requests, emphasizing the need for players who are committed and consistently available. The Heat recently made it to the Finals as the No. 8 seed, defeating both the Knicks and Celtics in the process.

Share With Others

Comments on Pat Riley: Heat Will Beat Celtics, Butler Should 'Keep Your Mouth Shut'