July 12, 2012 12:01 AM

Miami Heat’s appeal: Money isn’t everything – winning is

This isn’t fair. Other NBA teams should file a grievance. The Heat can offer prospective free agents a reigning championship team, a surrounding All-Star Big 3 led by the best basketball player on Earth, and a resort city famed for its nightlife. And then they bring in The Closer, Pat Riley, whose résumé and force of personality seems to work on players the way Sean Connery’s gaze worked on women in 1960s James Bond films.

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