Love Pat Riley Just Flat Out Lying To Free Agents And Telling Them Chris Bosh Will For Sure Play Next Season
LBS- Chris Bosh is apparently improving, because Pat Riley is featuring him in his pitch to free agents.
According to ESPN’s Michael Wallace, Riley has told free agent targets of the team’s optimism of having him back on the court next season, while also selling the stability of coach Erik Spoelstra and the organization.
Sources said that the hope of both Bosh and the Heat is that he will be good to go in time for training camp, though he remains on blood thinners.
Bosh’s condition is such an unknown because of the aforementioned blood thinners. It’s an open question whether he would ever be allowed to play while on them, with some in the organization fearing it will never happen. That the Heat are so optimistic about this that they’re willing to use Bosh as part of their sales pitch would seem to bode well for his playing future.
And now you know why Pat Riley is one of the best executives in the entire NBA. Listen, I know it's not right that he's out there parading around a guy who has blood clot issues - with a curability that is still very much in the air - like he's already etched into the starting lineup. That doesn't mean it's not smart. Chris Bosh could be a dead man in blind person glasses being held up with strings like a marionette, and Pat Riley wouldn't be doing his job to the best of his ability if he didn't drop him into a conference room and put on the world's worst ventriloquist act.
There's no "you lied to me" caveat in NBA contracts. In fact, if you're planning on coming to a happy ending then you better throw in an exaggeration or two to lube up the ego you're stroking. The entire point of these free agency pitch meetings is to tickle the prostate of some of the best athletes on the planet in hopes that they'll take a long, hard whiff of whatever glorified load of bullshit you're spewing. Doesn't have to be true. As a matter of fact, there's probably an inverse correlation between the amount of honesty and the success of the proposal. These guys are getting paid millions to promote hoop dreams, not discuss salary cap nightmares. Sometimes you have to stretch the truth to sell the lie. If a player has buyer's remorse after he signs on the dotted line then too goddamn bad. Shouldn't have taken the word of a New York born business man - with slicked back gray hair and a smile guileful enough to talk you into buying a brand new convertible for your summer home in Seattle - as gospel. That's the best way to not spend the next 3 years of your deal waiting for the promise of playing alongside Chris Bosh to be fulfilled.