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The genius of Pat Riley

Call it the genius of Pat Riley. Scoop Jackson says Riley knew last June that he needed to be the coach of the Heat.

Updated: December 20, 2005, 1:53 PM ET
By Scoop Jackson | Page 2

The setup would have been beyond beautiful if it wasn't so obvious.

One game -- one quarter -- away from winning the Eastern Conference finals, literally three minutes from going to The Finals. Shaq hurt, D-Wade hurt -- yet, still the game is undecided late.

After watching his Miami Heat shake the hands of the then-defending champion Detroit Pistons, Pat Riley saw one thing that had to change in order for the handshakes to be different next year. It was the sight of a coach, upset ...

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