Miami Heat President Pat Riley didn't want to resort to Plan B.
But for a guy who just lost LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Plan B doesn't look as disastrous later in the day Friday as it did hours earlier. Riley more than salvaged a tough, disappointing day for the Heat franchise, which won two championship while appearing in four consecutive NBA Finals with James.
He re-signed forward Chris Bosh to a five-year, $118 million deal closed in on re-signing Dwyane Wade and turned his focus on to free agent forward Luol Deng.
"While I am disappointed by LeBron's decision to leave Miami, no one can fault another person for wanting to return home," Riley said in a team release. "The last four years have been an incredible run for South Florida, Heat fans, our organization and for all of the players who were a part of it. LeBron is a fantastic leader, athlete, teammate and person, and we are all sorry to see him go.
"Over the last 19 years, since (Heat owner) Micky (Arison) and I teamed together, The Miami Heat has always been a championship organization. We've won multiple championships and competed for many others. Micky, (coach) Erik (Spoelstra) and I remain committed to doing whatever it takes to win and compete for championships for many years to come. We've proven that we can do it and we'll do it again."