In an interview after winning the NBA Finals, Pat Riley says he knew the Heat were on their way to a championship on May 16, the night they beat the Nets. "I didn't know of three other players better than Vince Carter, Richard Jefferson and Jason Kidd that we'd have to beat," said Riley. "I felt good about that." Then he said, and only then, was he truly convinced.
- Anatomy of a Championship - Ira Winderman - Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel