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Mario Chalmers Revealed How Pat Riley Destroyed His Night Life: "He Told Me How Many Drinks I Had At The Club And What Time I Left The Club. I Was Like ‘I’m Cool. You Know All That?’ I Didn’t Even Want To Go Out Anymore."

Mario Chalmers Revealed How Pat Riley Destroyed His Night Life: "He Told Me How Many Drinks I Had At The Club And What Time I Left The Club. I Was Like ‘I’m Cool. You Know All That?’ I Didn’t Even Want To Go Out Anymore."

Being a head coach goes beyond calling plays and telling players what to do on the court. It is a full-time job, as they have to save some players from themselves on occasion.

Miami Heat president Pat Riley was once upon a time a head coach, and he was known to get the best of his players on and off the court however necessary. Riley does not mince words when he is addressing his players, and several scenarios show how much of a hard-nosed executive he is.

While he was coaching the Los Angeles Lakers, he settled a dispute between Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson. A potential breakup was on the horizon but he quelled the tension and led them to four NBA championships.

Miami Heat Mario Chalmers has also come out to talk about Riley's coaching styles. In his case, he made him stop going out to clubs frequently. Although Erik Spoelstra was the head coach, Riley was behind the scenes calling the shots and making sure every player was on their toes.

Via Basketball Network:

“I knew Pat Riley was the truth when he had told me ‘Oh, you went to the club last night? He told me how many drinks I had at the club and what time I left the club. I was like ‘I’m cool. You know all that?’ I didn’t even want to go out anymore. I had to find different ways to do different things. I wasn’t messing with Pat.”

Chalmers played for the Heat for 7+ seasons and was part of the team that won two championships in four consecutive Finals appearances. It was a rewarding experience after all was said and done, but it was not a walk in the park for any of the players or staff as they had to maintain a certain level of professionalism.