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Pat Riley's wife Chris Riley has been married to the basketball legend for more than 50 years (Image via Getty Images)

Over 50 years strong: Looking at Pat Riley's wife Chris Riley's relationship with the NBA legend

Pat Riley's wife Chris Riley has been his rock for more than 50 years. The two have been together since 1967, which is very impressive, and they have two children together.

They say that behind every great man is a great woman, and this is certainly true for the basketball legend. He has achieved a lot of success in his impressive career, and one has to wonder if that'd be possible without Chris' support.


This article will reveal everything we know about Chris, Pat Riley's wife, their relationship timeline, and her personal life. We'll also take a look at Pat's greatest achievements in the NBA.

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Pat Riley's wife met the basketball legend in 1967


Pat Riley met Chris Rodstorm sometime in 1967. At this point, Riley was 22 and was drafted with the seventh overall pick in the 1967 NBA draft.

The young basketball star had a lot of success this year as he started playing professional basketball and also met the woman who'd become his wife. Pat and Chris tied the knot in 1970.


Chris was born in 1951 and is six years younger than her husband. She was born in San Diego, California, which is where Pat Riley began his professional career. He was also drafted by the San Diego Rockets.

Pat Riley's wife was born in San Diego, the city he played in (Image via Getty Images)

Rodstorm finished high school in 1960s and eventually earned a master's degree in educational psychology. Chris eventually became a licensed therapist and marriage counselor in Los Angeles.

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It's interesting that her mother, Dorothy, has also spent a good part of her life helping others. Chris' mother was a nurse who was devoted to helping alcoholics.

Chris, Pat Riley's wife, has helped her husband achieve a lot of success (Image via Getty Images)

Pat Riley's wife has kept a low profile and there aren't many details available regarding the relationship between the two. However, their marriage has gone without any public drama or problems.


When the basketball player retired as a player in 1976, his wife helped him pursue another career. With her support, Riley became an all-time great coach and executive.

Pat Riley's greatest achievements

During his playing career, Pat Riley was a decent role player who averaged 7.4 points. However, his coaching career was incredible as he ended up winning it all six times, five times as a head coach.

Riley was a big part of the Showtime Lakers. While the team had fantastic players, the legendary coach knew how to handle and use all of them. He ended up winning the Coach of the Year award three times.

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Pat Riley has brought many superstars to South Beach (Image via Getty Images)

Riley also led the Miami Heat to their first-ever championship in 2006. After his coaching success, the basketball legend took over the Heat as the team president, forming a super team with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.

He was named Executive of the Year in 2011 and has also won two championships in this role. During Pat Riley's reign, the Heat have also been very competitive thanks to the hard-working culture that he's established.

Edited by
Krutik Jain
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