Pat Riley's choice words

Message to Celtics' Ainge was a calculated show of loyalty to Miami's superstar

Originally Published: March 30, 2013
By Brian Windhorst | ESPN.com

First, Pat Riley became obsessed with getting LeBron James on his team. Now his focus is on securing his loyalty.

That was at the forefront of the Miami Heat president's unusual and cutting trash talk he fired off at Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge on Friday. It may have sounded flippant when Riley told Ainge, via an informal statement delivered without warning, to "shut the f--- up," when it came to discussing James. But even when Riley curses it is deeply measured and considered.


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