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Riley set to return after All-Star break

February 13, 2007

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— Pat Riley will resume coaching the Miami Heat following the All-Star break, an official within the NBA said Monday.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Riley had not formally announced his plans. Riley is expected to announce his return at a news conference Wednesday morning in Miami. His first game back would be Feb. 21 at Houston.

Riley left the team on Jan. 3 because of ongoing hip and knee problems, both of which required surgery. He had a procedure to repair cartilage in his right knee on Jan. 5, then hip replacement surgery Jan. 11.

Miami assistant Ron Rothstein will coach the Heat against Portland tonight in their final game before the All-Star break.

Players reportedly were told of Riley's decision Monday.

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