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Sunday Basketball Notes

Pat Riley put it all together for the Heat

Pat Riley was inducted into the Hall of Fame four years ago for his coaching accomplishments. And he has continued his remarkable career as an executive, using more than 60 percent of his salary cap on three players, banking that they could mesh well enough to win a championship.

Like it or not, Riley followed the rules in putting the together the NBA champion Miami Heat, hacking away at his salary cap as if it were sugar cane, trading and practically giving away players so he could have enough money to squeeze LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh onto his payroll.

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