While the Los Angeles Lakers continue their coaching search to replace Phil Jackson, a former Lakers coach said he's not planning to go west this time around.
Miami president Pat Riley said Saturday that he is in negotiations on a contract extension with the Heat. Riley reportedly is on a preliminary Lakers list of possible replacements for Jackson, who left his position as coach Friday after five seasons and three championships with the team.
But Riley, entering the final year of his contract with the Heat, said Saturday any mention of his name to that point had been purely speculative. "There's nothing to it," Riley said through a Heat spokesman. "Rumors are going to fly, and there's nothing I can do about it."
Riley played five-plus seasons for the Lakers and was a member of the 1971-72 championship team that won an NBA-record 33 consecutive games. He coached the Lakers to four championships during the Showtime era of the '80s.