And in Popovich's eyes, Miami's success only makes Riley's career look even more storied now. and so on and so forth," Popovich said. "He's been a competitor, obviously, his whole career since he was a player in college and beyond," Popovich said Wednesday, the last day of practices before his Spurs and the Heat will open the NBA Finals with Game 1 in Miami. When Riley and other Heat executives like managing general partner Micky Arison and senior vice president Andy Elisburg put together the plan that they thought would land James and Bosh, season-ticket holders were sold on the idea of a Heat trying to build a dynasty. Now with three straight finals appearances, and with a chance at a second straight title, they might be on their way to building one.