The man who opened the door for Pat Riley's Hall of Fame coaching career and the player who helped lead him to immediate championship success have been selected by Riley to introduce him for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Jerry West, who in 1981 turned down the opportunity to coach the Los Angeles Lakers and agreed only to serve as an assistant to Riley, will introduce Riley at the Sept. 5 enshrinement in Springfield, Mass.
Also introducing Riley with be Magic Johnson, the point guard who guided the Lakers, under Riley's direction, to four NBA championships.
By rule, only a member of the Hall of Fame can introduce a member for enshrinement. West was enshrined for his playing achievements in 1980 and later oversaw Lakers' personnel decisions during Riley's coaching career there.