Updated: August 28, 2003, 8:54 AM ETBy By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Miami Heat: Pat Riley knows Magic Johnson. Riley coached Magic Johnson. And now that Riley has another 6-foot-10 player who can dribble, pass and shoot, he isn't about to call him the next Magic Johnson. "I'm not saying that (Odom) is that because he's going to have to prove that," Riley said of Lamar Odom, who joined the Heat on Wednesday after being signed away from the Clippers as a restricted free agent. "I don't think anybody can ever be that way. But from a standpoint of the talent, he has those kinds of skills and we hope we can try to find those here for him to be able to show that." But if there is anyone who can bring that out in Odom, the player will be the first to tell you that that person is coach Riley. "I've been very flattered by a lot of his comments, but if he's looking for me to do it for him it's not going to happen," Riley continued in the Palm Beach Post. "I'll coach him on the court and if there's anything off the court I need to talk to him about, I'll do that. But he's basically a grown man who's got a family and he's on his own and I think he's ready to move on to that next step."