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Heat: Players are here, so is it Riley?

Updated: September 21, 2001, 3:10 PM ET
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com

The free ride might be ending soon. Pat Riley has distinguished himself as one of the league's top coaches the last few decades, few argue the fact. But look at the Heat closely. Last year ended a string of four seasons of winning or sharing the Atlantic Division title, but it didn't end the embarrassing run of early playoff disappointments. Winning in December but losing in April? Might south Florida be ready to question the supposed master if it occurs again?

So as we continue our 2001 ...

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