Despite sometimes confusing Udonis Haslem with cartoon and baseball references (scroll down), MIA coach Pat Riley has emerged as one of the major stories of this 2006 NBA Finals.
Shaq is helping to add deeper layers to the plot by giving the man heaping amounts of praise, that heap on top of each other in piles of words.
”I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings, but he’s actually been the best coach I’ve ever had,” Heat center Shaquille O’Neal said Sunday of Riley.
O’Neal then described Riley’s terse reaction to his performance in Game 5 vs. Detroit. On the flight back to Miami, Riley came to the front of the plane, dropped a couple of curse words on O’Neal and left.
”He’s the Italian version of my father. I don’t know if he’s Italian or not,” O’Neal said with a smile, likely knowing that Riley is of Irish descent. “Very straightforward. Whatever he says, he does, backs it up.”
Obviously the reference there is to Phil Jackson, who Shaq used to say was the only coach he’d ever play for. This isn’t a big deal – Shaq loves to make dramatic statements to draw attention to things. We’re sure whoever he’s playing for at the time is technically becomes his favorite coach.
Speaking of coaches, is
ousted voluntarily stepped-down Heat coach Stan Van Gundy getting a ring if they win, or maybe a certificate of participation? Is Stan Van Gundy alive? Is he not allowed to speak about any of this?
The only thing we can find is Jeff Van Gundy saying that his bro is tan, happy, and quiet. He does use the phrase “gag order”, which probably means
there is one nothing at all.