How LeBron out-Godfathered Pat Riley and potentially sparked the Heat’s Finals fun | NBA Countdown

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Jackie MacMullan, Brian Windhorst and Wright Thompson dissect LeBron James signing with the Miami Heat as well as his eventual departure from the team. With Pat Riley known in NBA circles as “The Godfather” due to free agent acquisitions and cut-throat dealings with players he no longer deems useful. When LeBron shocked the world by leaving Miami in 2014, it may have been the first time Riley had been out-Godfathered and gave him the spark to build one more championship team without the Big 3.

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