Pursuit of Lamar Odom puts Riley's negotiation skills to test
As the story goes, team president Pat Riley was in a room a few months back with dozens of Miami Heat fans on the verge of canceling their season tickets.The reasons they gave ranged from having to make sacrifices in a slumping economy to the Heat’s gradual drop off since the team won its lone NBA title in 2006.
Riley listened to each concern, rubbed his chin and launched his best sales pitch.
“I had an opportunity to speak with three groups that were on the fence for a number of reasons — the economy, the product, the price,” Riley said as he recalled the impact of his message. “And they all renewed. So just get in a room and let me talk.”
If only things were that simple with the team’s ongoing efforts to recruit free agent forward Lamar Odom.
After moving into striking distance of acquiring its top free agent target, the Heat continued Tuesday to play the waiting game for Odom, who is grappling with a decision to sign with Miami or return to the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.
Both teams are hopeful of a decision from Odom within the next few days, according to multiple sources.