The NBA has fined Miami Heat president Pat Riley $25,000 for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule.
The fine comes as a result of comments Riley made about former Heat star LeBron James in a June 4 interview.
“I would leave the key under the doormat if he would call me and let me know that he’s coming,” said Riley on The Dan Le Batard’s Show via the New York Post. “I would do that, but I doubt very much that key… That key is rusted now.
“LeBron, look, he’s one of the greatest of all time, and for four years down here, if we want to go back and remember what those four years were like, it was four years in the Finals, four years of excitement, two world championships… It was the best time for the Heat. So I wish him nothing but the best, and if he ever wanted to come back, I’ll put a new shiny key under the mat.”
James, who is currently under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers through the 2022-23 season, took his talents to South Beach in 2010 and spent four seasons with the Heat, helping the franchise to back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013. He left Miami in 2014 to re-join the Cleveland Cavaliers and then signed with the Lakers in 2019.
LeBron’s Lakers defeated Riley’s Heat in the NBA Finals last season. Both teams were eliminated in the first round of the 2021 playoffs.