Apr 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) looks on during the second half against the New York Knicks at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 102-91. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Pat Riley, Miami Heat release statement on LeBron James deicison

LeBron James announced his intentions to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, returning home to northeast Ohio. That leaves the Miami Heat in the exact same spot that the Cavaliers were in four years ago when he decided to bring his talents to South Beach.

The first person in the Heat organization to comment was owner Micky Arison, who kept it short on Twitter.

The Miami Heat followed with a simple, elegant and classy tweet.

Riley then commented with another statement that was filled with class.

“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,” Riley said in the statement.

“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.”

It is safe to say that the Miami Heat have handled this much better than the Cavaliers when LeBron first left.

Be sure to stay tuned to FanSided.com throughout the remainder of the NBA Free Agency period for the latest news, rumors and signings from around the league.

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  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    Micky Arison should be the last one to say bleep, about being disappointed in 4 years how much money did Lebron made him and not once did Arison stick those alligator arms into those deep pocket of his to pull out extra cash to bring in capable talent around lebron, while a terrible Nets team was spending like mad men !.. and did Riley actually work in the past 4 years Lebron was there?

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      They paid the luxury tax every year he was there. I’m not sure you get that the salary cap actually does prevent you from spending indiscriminately.

    • supereddie68

      Wow , and. What did cleveland do for lebron . Nothing!!!
      What did Riley do ? Hmm

      Dwade, bosh , ray allen , mike miller , etc…

      4 straight final appearance s, two rings
      Heat owner paid luxury taxes ?? Because big 3 played togethor.

      HA !!!

      CLEVELAND SEVEN YEARS. What did james get.

      ZERO , NADA !!!