Riley in New York and Pre wade/Lebron Miami?
Look at the players he acquired or nearly acquired since arriving in Miami-
in his first year
a 25 year old Alonzo Mourning- thought to be franchise center (and in many respects was)
a 30 year old Tim Hardaway (who had enough in the tank to give you two seasons of 10+Win Shares)
acquired a 24 year old Jamal Mashburn (who didn't fit,but still a nice pick up)
a 27 year old PJ Brown
a 31 one year old Dan Marjele (still useful)
Conference finals appearance against Chicago
*Nearly acquired Juwan Howard- a premier FA in summer of 96, only for the league to veto the signing claiming tampering.
that team had their run, faded a little bit then
3 time All-Star Eddie Jones
later on drafted
signed top FA Lamar Odom
That team had the memorable 7 game series with our own team
flipped Odom/Butler for Shaq
Ewing and ??? john Starks? Not so much. Zo and Eddie Jones? Good players but... Could coaching overcome shortcomings?
The guy has built and rebuilt plenty of times(and don't negate his time in New York-that team had Ewing and no other HoF when they went to the Finals). Hating on Ewing shows some lack of knowledge in the area. That dude carried the Knicks from 85-97. Ewing never played with a true second star.
Wanna talk influence and team building? Poppovich and Buford
So Riley and Arison have 3 championships with drafting two top 5 picks and Popp/Buford have 4 championships drafting two.
Signing and trading for good players is also a part of team building.
ETA: Riley also discovered Spurs all timer Bruce Bowen.
This post was edited on 8/3 at 4:01 pm