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Stan Van Gundy named new Heat coach

Updated: October 25, 2003, 9:58 AM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Pat Riley had a simple question for Stan Van Gundy: "Are you ready?"

It was early Wednesday morning, only a couple hours after Riley decided he didn't need to coach anymore. Van Gundy didn't really know how to respond.

"That conversation's taken place two or three times in last 18 months," Van Gundy said. "And it's never come to fruition. I didn't put any stock in it. I could tell he was serious, but at the same time I just sort of thought in my mind, 'Let's wait until tomorrow ...

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