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Lamar Odom on Pat Riley’s legendary 3-hour practices

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Pat Riley was the main architect of teams that won several NBA championships and was always competing for the title. Riley was the head coach of the "Showtime" Lakers and won five championships during his tenure with the team. Afterward, he took on the New York Knicks but wasn't able to win a title with the team that had high expectations. Later on, he moved to the Miami Heat, first as a head coach and afterward as the teams General Manager and President.

He was known around the league as a very tough coach whose primary focus was on playing hard defense and not letting your man score the basket with ease. Pat Riley was also a very demanding coach who expected his players to be in top condition prior to the training camps. He expected the best from his player and Lamar Odom who played for the Miami Heat shared a bit more light on the preparation needed to survive the training camps led by Pat Riley and his team.

"Preseason rolled around, and Riley’s legendary three-hour practices were tough as expected. Even though Stan Van Gundy was actually the head coach, this was still Riley’s organization. He was responsible for putting it together and for any resulting success or failure. If you’re not in great shape on day one, you’re going to be in a considerable amount of pain. Guys were puking and gasping for air the first week, but Riley didn’t care. He doesn’t pay you to be average or out of shape.”

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