Riley's rebuilding, Marion's staying ... for now

Originally Published: February 8, 2008
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- It was a bittersweet early evening for Pat Riley as he stood outside the visitors locker room in Philadelphia some 20 minutes before the second team bus -- the one carrying Riley's nine remaining healthy players -- arrived at the loading dock Thursday night.

Shaquille O'Neal was gone, Shawn Marion hadn't yet arrived and prospects for completing the task at hand -- trying to win a meaningless game with half a roster against a bad team -- looked bleak.

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