So, what do we have here? Another legendary NBA coach expressing his thoughts on a critical 'move' that changed his team's existence? While Phil Jackson recently said his biggest mistake with the New York Knicks was not snagging Jae Crowder in their trade with the Mavericks, this time Pat Riley says the Miami Heat's biggest acquisition was Shaquille O'Neal and not LeBron James, nor the Big Three. Of course, both coaches got their reasons for it.

Okay, Shaq is literally big. And of course, certainly a big acquisition for the Heat some 12 years ago that indeed helped the franchise become a contender -- and eventually win an NBA title.

Yup, they couldn't have done it without The Diesel.

See. When Shaq left the Lakers, the West was either about the Spurs or the Mavs -- the East, it's basically the Pistons. In 2004, the Heat was just about Dwyane Wade as most of their stars like Mourning, Steve Smith and Wesley Person are already in their 30's. Then Shaq came in. Yes, he was 32 -- but Shaq was unlike Mourning who was simply fragile during most of his career -- Shaq could still dominate.

So, at this time, the Heat already had a deadly combo in Shaq and Wade. But t'was only till next season's acquisitions (albeit still mostly older guys) that fortified their march to, at least, one last hurrah. Payton, Posey, Kapono, Walker, Jason Williams.. And most all, the hiring of the coach, Pat Riley himself. And so, in 2006, the Heat finally won their first championship.

Yet understandably with an ageing crew, the Heat then took a turn for worse in the succeeding years -- yes, until the 'Big Three' was formed. And the rest as we know is history.

Four straight Finals appearances and 2 championships. That's what LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade brought to Miami from 2011 to 2014. However, after the spanking Miami got from the San Antonio Spurs in 2014, LeBron left the team..

And Pat Riley? After a couple of years in 'silence' took to public what he felt was the biggest acquisition of the Miami Heat -- Shaquille O'Neal. Incidentally, just in time for Shaq's enshrinement to the HOF.

Nice story? Good timing. Do we agree? It has basis.

But our take? Simple. These comments are just excuses for their team's deterioration in recent times. Something like an outlet for their 'embarrassment or grudge' for not being able to live up to their reputations or to their team's winning tradition.

Say what you?

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