Upon further review, how the NBA handed Pat Riley a co-executive of the year award devalues what GMs across this league actually do to build teams. It's slap in face to anyone who Bulls GM Gar Forman, who won the award along with Riley.
What Heat czar Pat Riley did was not team building in the true sense. It was a long process of agreed collusion between Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Just because it didn't violate the collusion in the sense of owners agreeing to screw players out of big deals (see Major League Baseball) doesn't mean the act didn't take place, or that Riley really built anything.
The guy who built the Miami Heat is Dwyane Wade, and South Beach. Without Wade lobbying his former Team USA buddies years ago this team doesn't happen. If Miami is in Milwaukee, this team doesn't happen.
This is what Pat Riley essentially did: Told Wade to tell his buddies they can come to Miami for a little bit less cash than what they would receive elsewhere, and he would find a couple of spare parts who are slightly above average.
And when LeBron's "team" came for a visit, Riley said here is how much we can give you, and we'll set up your professional friends with fake jobs, too.
Riley's savvy GMing with LeBron basically involved him saying, "Yes". A lot.
Then Riley kept Udonis Haslem around, and people threw a party when Riley signed Mike Miller as a key role player.
The guy who built the Heat is Dwyane Wade.