Miami Heat president Pat Riley wants everybody to get a grip.

Yes, he's talking to you, Heat players and members of the organization, fans as well as media.

Riley went on a 55-minute diatribe on Thursday morning at AmericanAirlines Arena, opening with a statement and answering questions about the state of the organization after losing the NBA Finals in five games to the San Antonio Spurs.

He proposed a challenge to the "Big 3" who can all become free agents.

''You've got to stay together, if you've got the guts,'' Riley said. ''You don't find the first door and run out of it if you have an opportunity. This is four years now into this era, this team. Four finals - it's only been done three other times before - and two championships. From day one to the end, it was like a Broadway show. It sort of ran out of steam. And we need to retool. We don't need to rebuild. We need to retool.

With 45 years in the NBA, Riley has seen it all: In 1982, his Los Angeles Lakers beat the Philadelphia 76ers but lost the following year. In 1984, the Lakers choked and Magic Johnson was called "Tragic Magic." That inspired the team to bounce back and win it all the next season.

"What really cements a forever bond is going through what we went through this year and staying the course," Riley said.

Of course, Riley is alluding to the fact the Big Three of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade can opt-out of their contracts and take their talents elsewhere. Or they can restructure the deals for less money to bring more talent on board.

Those decisions won't come until July 1, but it's clear there will be changes to the roster. What the trio decides will determine course of action around the league.

Miami has two trade exceptions, a taxpayer mid-level exception, a first round pick and the 55th pick to work with.