Pat Riley and Danny Ainge, who battled in the Finals throughout the 1980s when Riley was the Lakers coach and Ainge was a Celtics guard, now compete as executives. Three decades don’t dull a real rivalry and, Friday, Riley sent some sharp words Ainge’s way, through Heat spokesman Tim Donovan, roughly 100 minutes prior to Miami’s tipoff against the Hornets:
“Danny Ainge needs to shut the f—- up and manage his own team. He was the biggest whiner going when he was playing and I know that because I coached against him.”
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