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Pat Riley’s Top 5 Moments In Lakers History (VIDEO)

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If you haven’t been following the NBA for very long you might think of NBA Hall of Famer, Pat Riley, as someone only associated with the Miami Heat. He coached the Heat to their first NBA title ever and as Heat president helped assemble what is now known as the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. But, longtime Lakers fans know that before all of that, Riley goes down as one of the greatest Lakers coaches ever. And, since this is Lakers Nation, we are going to take a look back at the top Riley moments in Lakers history.

From Riley’s playing days to his coaching and broadcasting days to unforgettable fashion statements, this Hall of Famer has plenty of moments in purple and gold. Remember when Jerry West and Riley were named co-head coaches by Dr. Jerry Buss? What about when the Lakers lost to the Celtics in the 1984 Finals, but came back for the championship against the Celtics in 1985? What about Showtime? Enough said.

Riley goes down as a Laker legend from the development of Showtime to forcing coaches everywhere to dress a heck of a lot nicer. He even had his own video game on Sega Genesis called Pat Riley Basketball. All in all a pretty impressive resume. Check it all out above in our Lakers Nation top five.

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    In 1984 the Lakers beat the Blazers in a tight game during a national telecast on CBS Sunday. After the game CBS named Pat Riley “Player of the Game” because he had coached so well in that game. It was the first and only time that a coach was ever rewarded “Player of the Game”.

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  • American Holiday

    When Pat Riley first took over as the Lakers head coach in Nov. 1981, his first road game was against the San Diego Clippers. When the team got to the arena before the game, the Clippers broadcast wanted to interview Riley. So Riles told his players to go to the locker room first while he does the interview.

    As Riley was walking up to the broadcast booth in the upper section of the arena, it was still dark and he started hearing footsteps approaching from behind. Riles looked back and he saw Magic, Kareem, and Nixon leading the team following him. So he got irritated that the players were not listening to his instructions.

    Riley yelled, “what are you guys doing? I told you to go inside the locker room!” Then Magic came up and said, “coach, you are our leader, we go wherever you go.”

    From there Riley and the Lakers went on to their championship run of the 80′s.

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    if lebron wants to win he should demand riley come down to coach, guarantee they don’t lose the mavs in 2011, possibly the spurs in 14′, they could very well be 4/4 in the finals right now

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