Van Gundy resigns as Knicks coach

NEW YORK, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Claiming he no longer had the intensity necessary for the job, Jeff Van Gundy unexpectedly stepped down Saturday as coach of the New York Knicks.

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Jim Jackson joins reeling Miami

MIAMI, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Desperate to inject some offense into his reeling team, Pat Riley has turned to Jim Jackson. The Miami Heat on Monday signed Jackson, the veteran swingman who h

Dallas 104, Miami 94

MIAMI, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Tim Hardaway's three-pointer with five minutes to play in the third quarter essentially put the game out of reach Friday night as the Dallas Mavericks handed Mi

Charlotte 96, Miami 87

MIAMI, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Backcourt mates Baron Davis and David Wesley produced big games Friday night, helping the Charlotte Hornets hand the Miami Heat their fifth straight loss, 96-87

New York 83, Miami 74

NEW YORK, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Kurt Thomas scored eight of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and helped key a strong defensive effort over the final 12 minutes Thursday night to carry the N

Philadelphia 82, Miami 76

MIAMI, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Allen Iverson scored 23 of his 25 points through three quarters Tuesday night and his teammates turned up the defensive intensity late as the Philadelphia 76ers

Miami 97, Toronto 92

MIAMI, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Alonzo Mourning had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Eddie Jones scored 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday night as the Miami Heat opened their se

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Detroit 94, Miami 76

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Jerry Stackhouse scored 30 points Friday and the Detroit Pistons pulled away for a 94-76 exhibition victory over the Miami Heat, who scored just four points in

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Popovich gets 3-year extension

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The San Antonio Spurs rewarded coach-general manager Gregg Popovich with a three-year contract extension through the 2005-06 season Monday.
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Pat Riley
Miami Heat head coach Pat Riley hides during game action while the Heat flounder against the New York Knicks January 29 at Madison Square Garden. Riley coached the Knicks, who triumphed over Miami 94-85, until this season.

Patrick (Pat) James Riley (born March 20, 1945) is a former American professional basketball player and then head coach in the NBA. Currently, he is team president of the Miami Heat. Widely regarded as one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time, Riley has served as the head coach of five championship teams and an assistant coach to another. He most recently won the 2006 NBA Championship with the Miami Heat. Prior to his tenure in Miami, he served as head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks. He was named NBA Coach of the Year three times (1989–90, 1992–93 and 1996–97, as head coach of the Lakers, Knicks and Heat, respectively). He was head coach of the NBA All-Star Game teams nine times: eight of the Western team (1982, 1983, 1985–1990, all as head coach of the Lakers) and once of the Eastern team (1993, as head coach of the Knicks). In 1996 he was named one of 10 Greatest Coaches in the NBA history. As a player he played for the Los Angeles Lakers' championship team in 1972, bringing his personal total to seven NBA titles.

Riley was born in Rome, New York, and raised in Schenectady. His father, Leon Riley, played twenty-two seasons of minor league baseball as an outfielder and first baseman, and appeared in 4 games for the 1944 Philadelphia Phillies.

Riley played for Linton High School in Schenectady, New York under head coach Walt Przybylo and his assistants Bill Rapavy and Ed Catino. Linton High School's 74–68 victory over New York City's Power Memorial on December 29, 1961, is remembered mostly for its two stars: Power Memorial's Lew Alcindor (who later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar); and his future coach with the Los Angeles Lakers, Linton's Riley. In 1991, Riley called it, "One of the greatest games in the history of Schenectady basketball."

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