Pat Riley recruited LeBron James and Chris Bosh to South Beach. He’s started early with his courting of former Duke point guard Kyrie Irving.
Irving, who is expected to be one of the top picks in the 2011 NBA draft, was spotted sitting next to Riley at Wednesday’s Celtics-Heat game. Cleveland Cavaliers fans hoping to land Irving with the top overall pick in the draft can commence freaking out now.
Riley played at Kentucky, which has no love for Duke, so what’s the connection?
It’s unclear, but the Big Lead, citing one of its readers, suggests that he knows Irving through Nick Arison – son of Heat owner Mickey Arison – who went to Duke.
Or they just happened to bump into one another.
[Screengrab of The Big Lead]