Posted December 15, 2011 on AP on Fox
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LeBron James was the first one on the floor, swishing the first shot he took. Dwyane Wade arrived with a candy cane behind his right ear. Chris Bosh gestured to the fans with his usual intensity. Miami's stars gave fans what they wanted Thursday night. But a Heat rookie might have provided the biggest surprise. Norris Cole staked his claim for playing time right away this season, scoring 21 points in Miami's open scrimmage played before about 9,000 season-ticket holders. Cole figures to enter the season as the backup to Mario Chalmers, who re-signed with Miami earlier this month. ''I'm treating every practice like a game,'' Cole said. ''I've got a great opportunity here and I'm doing all I can to show that I belong with this team.'' Cole has had success at AmericanAirlines Arena before. He was on the same floor for Cleveland State's appearance in the 2009 NCAA tournament, scoring 22 points in a first-round upset of Wake Fo...
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