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The reinvention (again!) of Pat Riley

His reputation as a legendary string-puller grew exponentially over the summer

Originally Published: October 7, 2010
By Johnette Howard | Special to ESPN.com

"We got hoodwinked. Led astray. Hornswoggled … Bamboozled. These guys get in front of Pat Riley and he shows them his rings, and they lose their mind. Pat Riley gets people in his spell and it's, 'Whatever you want to do, Coach.'"

-- Spike Lee, film director, Knicks super fan and failed LeBron James recruiter, to The New York Times

In hindsight, the revival of Pat Riley seems so predictable, even inevitable, we should have felt the NBA rails humming. ...

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