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RILEY REPORTEDLY SENT HEAT DEMANDS BEFORE LEAVING N.Y.

     Former Knicks coach Pat Riley "was already laying the
groundwork" to become the next Heat coach when he resigned over
"philosophical differences" over control of the Knicks on June
15, according to this morning's N.Y. TIMES.  Mike Wise reports
that Riley outlined demands to the Heat in a 14-point memo to the
team.  The memo reportedly includes a request by Riley to secure
an immediate 10% stake in the team and another 10% over the
length of the contract.  NBA Commissioner David Stern is expected
to rule early next week on whether the Heat violated league
tampering rules if the two teams cannot come to an agreement
(N.Y. TIMES, 8/25).
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