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Josh McRoberts

Greg Cote: Pat Riley sends message to LeBron James, rest of NBA with summer splash

Pat Riley doesn't stay down for long. He takes failure as a personal affront, something beneath him, and he has responded to it with force. He is challenged again, revitalized. Riley has enjoyed his best summer since 2010, and because of that the Miami Heat, after one season off the grid, suddenly matters again. Maybe it is that the Heat's president and architect turned 70 in March, an age when mortality and patience increasingly are at odds. If he has another championship left in him, surely there is an urgency a younger man might not feel. If you know Riley, though, you know his motivation is more visceral, closer to gut-level. He is out to prove that this franchise its...