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DP: Why does the dislike go so deep between Pat Riley and Stan Van Gundy.
DR: Probably the whole Miami situation when Stan was there—Stan and Jeff. People forget the history of Riles and Jeff from the days when they were with the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat. So there's a family history. It's family, Dan.
DP: Speaking of family, your son Austin has committed to Duke. Did Coach K have to recruit you, as well as your son?
DR: No, not really. I know Coach K, and I knew Roy Williams and Bill Self and Billy Donovan, so it was almost an uncomfortable... . It was not uncomfortable—it was different, when they come into your house and they're selling their program. I go on a golf trip every year with Roy Williams, and he comes into my house with a suit and tie on. And I'm laughing! It was pretty interesting to watch, to actually watch guys you know do their job. So it was different. I'll put it that way.
DP: What did Austin say your role was going to be when they came to the house?
DR: Be quiet! No, you know what we did? We had dinner with each guy, each coach and his assistants. And we'd just sit around the table and talk basketball and every other thing. And I thought it gave Austin a chance to see every coach as a human being, because I don't know if we're viewed as that when we're coaching.
DP: Will you still be the coach of the Celtics when your son graduates from Duke?
DR: I don't know that. That's a good question. Danny [Ainge, the Celtics G.M.] and I have decided to just go year by year for a while, and at some point I'm going to have to make a decision. For me there's always a couple things that are tugging. It's not like I want to retire, and I'm not going to retire. I may step away for a year at some point and come back. I just always want to make sure I'm doing the right thing by my family.
DP: If you were still a broadcaster, where would you pinpoint any problems with the Heat?
DR: I really can't. And you can see what Pat's already doing with them, and that's getting them to buy into playing defense. That's going to be the key. We did this three years ago, though not to this level. We didn't have LeBron James and Dwyane Wade together.