Pat Riley issues statement on LeBron’s departure

The last time LeBron left an organization, all hell broke loose. Such is not the case in 2014, as Miami Heat President Pat Riley issued a statement thanking LeBron for the last four years. Riley posted his statement on the Heat’s team website.

While I am disappointed by LeBron’s decision to leave Miami, no one can fault another person for wanting to return home. 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 19yrs, since Micky and I teamed together, The Miami HEAT has always been a championship organization; we’ve won multiple championships and competed for many others. Micky, Erik 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.

LeBron didn’t just leave Miami, he took to Instagram to thank them for the memories which included two NBA Championships, and four NBA Finals appearances.

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