The Pat Riley Taking the Heat Debate

Read the opposing arguments from Optimist Prime and Loyal Homer.

You know that saying about history repeating itself? Well, there’s a good reason that saying exists. Just ask Stan Van Gundy.

In 2006 the Miami Heat had a bunch of promise. The team had two certifiable superstars in Dwayne Wade and Shaquille O’Neal. But, head coach Stan Van Gundy was not performing to the standard his hall of fame general manager, Pat Riley, expected. So, several games into the 2005-2006 season, Riley fired Van Gundy and took over the head coaching job.

The Riley takeover was a whole lot of drama that would have been terrible, if not for the fact that the team won the NBA championship that season. Seems like Riley knew what he was doing.

But, would he know what he was doing a second time, should he decide to jettison embattled coach Erik Spoelstra? That’s where today’s debate topic comes in: Is it time for Pat Riley to assume the head coaching duties in Miami?

Optimist Prime will argue that it is time for Pat Riley to take over the Heat while Loyal Homer will argue that Riley should stay out of it and let his young coach figure it out.

Riley’s legacy is on the line, but would jumping in to the fire help or hurt? The debate will settle it. Begin!

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