Riley's remarks were quite flattering, stating that James would be welcomed back to the team if he wanted to return. The Heat won the 2012 and 2013 NBA championships with James, who is now a Los Angeles Laker.
“I would leave the key under the doormat if he would call me and let me know he's coming,” Riley said last week on “The Dan Le Batard Show,” “but I doubt very much that key... That key is rusted now.”
“LeBron, look, he’s one of the greatest of all time, and for four years down here, if we want to go back and just remember what those four years were like, it was four years in the Finals, four years of excitement... two world championships... It was the best time for the Heat, so I wish him nothing but the best, and if he ever wanted to come back, I’ll put a new shiny key under that mat.”
Riley predicted, "This will get me fined for tampering."
Sure enough, on Wednesday, the league announced that Riley had been fined $25,000 for essentially recruiting his former star.