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Pat Riley reminds reporter he’s a Kentucky Wildcat, is tired of his Duke worship

This morning, the Miami Heat introduced former Duke forward Justise Winslow, who may have been the steal of the draft at #10. Heat president Pat Riley and head coach Erik Spoelstra were alongside Winslow, now the third Duke player on the Heat’s roster (Luol Deng and Josh McRoberts).

In a gag-inducing bout of Duke worship, a reporter asked Riley how it felt to get another Duke guy and whether or not “there’s a specific thing about a guy that’s played at Duke” that appeals to him. Riley doesn’t flaunt his status as a former Kentucky legend a lot, but his response was priceless.

“I’m a Kentucky Wildcat, first of all,” Riley said to laughter from the crowd. “Same qualities, probably.”

Riley went on to praise Mike Kryzlkj;aoiwerj and Winslow, but it’s clear where his loyalties lie.

[NBA.com]

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15 Comments for Pat Riley reminds reporter he’s a Kentucky Wildcat, is tired of his Duke worship



  1. nets on nets on nets
    1:55 pm June 29, 2015 Permalink

    This article is correct in stating that Justise Winslow was the steal of the draft. Just months ago, people were saying he should go #1 when he helped Duke win a National Title. Guy can do it all. He was the best player on the floor in every tournament game minus the Title game due to foul trouble. There won’t be a player in college this upcoming season who is as multi-skilled as Justise.
    I hope the Heat can hang on to Wade and Dragic. They could be a top-4 seed in the East if the injury bug doesn’t bite them again.



    • Shane Battier
      2:35 pm June 29, 2015 Permalink

      Well, that’s great…



  2. CatsRus
    2:54 pm June 29, 2015 Permalink

    Winslow is scary good. He’s Montreezel who can shoot.



  3. Jason Bolton
    3:11 pm June 29, 2015 Permalink

    None of us like Duke, but to delude yourself into thinking this kid isn’t a great player is a disservice. Winslow was the best player on that team last year and I think he has the makings of a fantastic pro. On the flip side, did anyone see Okafor’s introduction conference in Philly? They have some issues on their hands with that kid, some of the worst body language I’ve ever seen.



    • BtownUKFan
      3:40 pm June 29, 2015 Permalink

      You think okafor is still a little butt-hurt. You get drafted No. 1 and you have that to brag about, you get drafted second and you get to go to L.A., you get drafted 3rd and….you drop your jersey on the floor in disgust.



  4. BtownUKFan
    3:38 pm June 29, 2015 Permalink

    I get tired of the sports media’s fanboy love for duke. Riley’s job depends on winning, he’s going to draft the best talent available that would fit his team. Their college has not play in it…unless they went to Kentucky. Because he knows guy that spend a year at Kentucky have a head-start on adapting to the pro game. With that said, I like WInslow’s game but I think it will take a couple of years for him to become a consistent contributor.



  5. PlunLoopy
    4:09 pm June 29, 2015 Permalink

    Yeah, baby!



  6. Angelo
    4:09 pm June 29, 2015 Permalink

    We could have beaten Duke with WCS guarding Winslow and KAT on Okafor.



    • nets on nets on nets
      4:16 pm June 29, 2015 Permalink

      Gotta beat WisCANNsin in order to play the champs. Couldn’t do it. Another bitter UK fan 3 months later. Rinse, Repeat.



    • Dude
      6:34 pm June 29, 2015 Permalink

      STILL here for validation. Unreal. #PenisEnvy



  7. Gene Kelly
    4:13 pm June 29, 2015 Permalink

    He is the best player for what they need. He is more athletic than Devin and plays a different game than Trey. And Karl and Willie were gone….



  8. Calipartytime
    7:08 pm June 29, 2015 Permalink

    The appropriate Riley response would have been :

    “Usually the UK guys I want are gone before it’s our turn to draft.”



  9. wallywildcat
    10:03 pm June 29, 2015 Permalink

    This is the first time, in decades, that I’ve read where Riley even mentions UK.



  10. Jim G.
    11:00 pm June 29, 2015 Permalink

    Riley rarely talks about anything to the press is probably why.



  11. Bobby
    10:46 am June 30, 2015 Permalink

    Haha…I actually laughed at that Coach K jab…