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Riley to have surgery on right knee

Updated: January 4, 2007, 12:22 AM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Pat Riley is taking a break from a season that has left him limping and in pain.

The Miami Heat coach began an indefinite leave of absence Wednesday because of hip and knee problems, choosing assistant Ron Rothstein to fill his spot on an interim basis.

Riley will have surgery Friday to remove floating chips in his right knee. Surgery on his hip, the malady that hurts him most now, is not yet scheduled. The 61-year-old coach doesn't know how long he'll be out.

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