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Pat Riley releases statement addressing departure of LeBron James

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The Miami Heat president releases short statement in the midst of retooling the roster after news of the decision.

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Pat Riley has been busy today scrambling to assemble a roster after LeBron James finally decided to go back home to the Cleveland Cavs. After locking up Chris Bosh to a 5-year, max deal and reportedly reaching agreements for Heat lifers Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem to return, he turned his attention to releasing this official statement:

While I am disappointed by LeBron's decision to leave Miami, no one can fault another person for wanting to return home. The last four years have been an incredible run for South Florida, HEAT fans, our organization and for all of the players who were a part of it. LeBron is a fantastic leader, athlete, teammate and person, and we are all sorry to see him go.

Over the last 19 years, since Micky and I teamed together, The Miami HEAT has always been a championship organization; we've won multiple championships and competed for many others. Micky, Erik and I remain committed to doing whatever it takes to win and compete for championships for many years to come. We've proven that we can do it and we'll do it again.