Originally written on NBC Miami  |  Last updated 12/16/11

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: Miami Heat Team President Pat Riley watches on the sideline prior to the start of Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Miami Heat President Pat Riley was scheduled to hold a press conference on Friday afternoon. Meanwhile, on Thursday night fans showed the Heat love at the American Airlines Arena during a scrimmage game. Season ticket holders were invited to see the sneakers hit the court for the first time since the NBA lockout. About 9,000 fans packed the arena, breathing a little easier after holding their breaths during the lockout battle, off the court. "The NBA lockout's over and it's the best feeling ever," said relieved 13 year-old Jared Johnson. "It killed us for a while, but now we're ready. We've got the best team in the league," Dan Theckson told NBC Miami. The last time the Heat were on this court they exited the NBA finals--losing to the Dallas Mavericks. On Christmas Day, the heat will get their chance to prove themselves against the Mavericks, a game many are already anticipating. Before the scrimmage, Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said, "It's been too long," adding, "It feels grea...
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