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Losing Riley doomed Knickerbockers

In retrospect, the Knicks were dead wrong to let Pat shuffle off to South Beach

Updated: June 25, 2013, 2:58 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

The courtship started at a 1991 reunion of distinguished Kentucky lettermen. Pat Riley was in Lexington to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his team's run to the NCAA final, where Adolph Rupp's small but resilient Wildcats -- Rupp's Runts they were called -- lost to Texas Western and its historic all-black starting five.

Rick Pitino, then the Kentucky coach, approached Riley, then an NBC analyst, and asked the four-time champ with the Showtime Lakers if he planned a return to the NBA. ...

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