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Patrick James "Pat" Riley is an American professional basketball executive, and a former coach and player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). His net worth has been stated to be around $80 million dollars. At present Pat Riley is recognized as one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time. Today he serves as team president of the Miami Heat, he has been president of the Miami Heat since 1995. The post has enabled him to serve as their de Facto general manager and as their general manager and as their head coach in two separate tenures. 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 was named NBA Coach of the Year three times as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Miami Heat, respectively). He was head coach of an NBA All-Star Game team nine times: eight times with the Western Conference team (1982, 1983, 1985–1990, all as head coach of the Lakers) and once with the Eastern team (1993, as head coach of the Knicks). In 1996 he was named one of the 10 Greatest Coaches in the NBA history. As a player, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers' championship team in 1972. Riley most recently won the 2012 and 2013 NBA championships with the Miami Heat as their team president. He is the first North American sports figure to win a championship as a player, coach (both assistant and head), and executive. He received the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award from the NBA Coaches Association on June 20, 2012.
Being a student at the University of Kentucky, Riley participated in both basketball and football, starting to play professionally with the San Diego Rockets and then Los Angeles Lakers. While he was a Laker, he helped the team win the NBA title in 1972, before retiring from play in 1976. He get back to the Lakers in the role of an assistant coach in 1980, and then led the team to the NBA Finals as head coach in 1983, 1984 and 1986. Again with the Lakers, he won the championship title in 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988, thus becoming the second coach ever to have scored so many wins in NBA history, right after Lenny Wilkens. It was in 1990, when Riley stepped down as coach of the Lakers, amid rumors of player mistreatment and anger problems. Regardless of these happenings, he was named NBA Coach of the Year. One year later, Riley became head coach for the New York Knicks, following a brief stint as an NBC commentator.