MIAMI – A year ago, the term that defined Pat Riley’s postseason news conference was “whale,” the word the Heat president used to describe the type of free agent (i.e. Kevin Durant) he would be pursuing during the summer.
On Wednesday, while recapping the 2016-17 season, one phrase Riley used multiple times to describe his mood after Miami’s stunning turnaround fell one game short off the playoffs stood out.
“I’m not all goose-bumply and fuzzy-haired. That’s not my makeup,” he said in his opening statement.
Later, Riley did give us an example of when he was “goose-bumply and fuzzy-haired,” when perhaps he finally came out of his funk and was able to move on from the disappointing final night of the season that, ironically, ended with a Heat win over Washington but soon turned sour when Miami did not receive the help it needed to make the playoffs.
“Goose-bumply and fuzzy-haired? I have that in me,” he offered. “I think Donovan put something on line the other night having bunny ears on. I was goose-bumply and fuzzy-haired that night.”
Riley is referring to Heat vice president of sports media relations, Tim Donovan, and the photo above that appeared on owner Micky Arison’s Instagram account Saturday.
For those wanting a couple of other “goose-bumply, fuzzy-haired’ moments from the Heat’s Easter party, here you go.
Riley said on Wednesday he regrets using the term whale because the new the collective bargaining agreement will greatly impact the number of super-stars to hit the free-agent market.
Goose-bumply, fuzzy-haired? That will stick with Riley for awhile.