Posted June 26, 2013 on AP on Fox
When the Miami Heat won their first championship in 2006, then-coach Pat Riley decided to enter the following season without major roster changes. The plan failed. Many players showed up for training camp out of shape, and the Heat eventually got swept in the first playoff round. This time, Riley believes, things will be much different. He doesn't see any way that a core of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would go into any season -- much less one where they could win a third straight title -- not prepared to chase another championship. So this summer, the Heat aren't planning any major roster changes, the clear belief being that the team in Miami now should be good enough to contend again in 2014. ''We're the fugitive and they're still coming after us,'' said Riley, the Heat president. ''And that motivates the hell out of me. It really does, because I don't want to get caught, not with what we have. And I don't the players...
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