What's Lincoln Thinkin': Riles burns bridges with LeBron
When LeBron James came to Miami, he promised multiple championships - "not 2, not 3, not 4".
But when he came to Cleveland he promised just one.
He has now fulfilled his promise to his hometown, but, what about that promise to South Florida?
Pat Riley, has 9 rings, that's more than just about anyone who's ever lived. But this time, his hubris may have cost him a chance at ring number 10.
After leading the Cavaliers to the NBA Championship last night, LeBron James told ESPN.com, that he had some extra motivation after leaving Miami - "There were some people that I trusted and built relationships with in those four years [who] Told me I was making the biggest mistake of my career. And that . . Hurt me. That right there was my motivation."
There's only one person who could have said that - the Heat players love him too much, Erik Spoelstra has too much class, and Heat owner Mickey Arison was one of the first to congratulate LeBron after he won.
Turns out Riles was wrong - LeBron knows exactly what's he's doing. Leaving Cleveland to come to Miami was definitely the right decision. Leaving Miami to go to Cleveland, also worked out.
So LeBron has earned the right to go wherever he wants to go now.
Too bad it seems someone has burned that bridge back to Miami.