Years: 1981-1990, 1991-2003, 2005-2008
Record and Accolades: 1210-694 (.636 winning percentage), 5 NBA Championships (4 with the Lakers and 1 with the Heat), 3x Coach of the Year (1990, 1993, 1997)
When it comes to head coaches in the NBA or any sport, there aren't many that are as cool or successful as Pat Riley. His career as a head coach began in 1982 when Jerry West was unwilling to take over the reins in L.A. and Jerry Buss went with Riley as a second option. The result was the birth of the Showtime Lakers. Riley led L.A. to four championships in the '80s before dipping to New York where he coached one of the grittiest teams in NBA history to the Finals. Years later, his talents helped D-Wade and Shaq become NBA champs in 2006. But it isn't just the fact that he has five rings that puts him on this list, it's his ability to make both super stars and role players buy into his system. Plus, he did all this in cities with the most distractions and media scrutiny. That's something that can't be said for a lot of coaches today. Sorry, D'An...OK, OK, we'll stop.