NBA notebook: Monster crowd helps Heat celebrate crown

2013-06-25T00:00:00Z NBA notebook: Monster crowd helps Heat celebrate crownWire Reports Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
June 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MIAMI - Chris Bosh held the NBA championship trophy, LeBron James stood atop a double-decker bus with a cigar in his mouth, and Chris Andersen flapped his arms in a nod to his "Birdman" moniker.

The NBA champion Miami Heat were in quite a mood to party on Monday.

Players, families, staff members and friends crammed buses, flatbed trucks and cars for the parade honoring the latest Heat championship, with the caravan snaking its way through downtown Miami before a huge crowd of fans. A crowd of up to 400,000 was expected.

"It's the ultimate," James told Sun Sports, the Heat broadcast partner, as he rode along the route. "This is what I came down here, to be able to have a parade at the end of the year. I'm extremely blessed, man. It doesn't get any better than this."

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• Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum has completed his rehabilitation from season-ending knee surgery and is set to resume basketball workouts next week.

Bynum's agent, David Lee, said Monday night there's "not a concern in the world" that Bynum will not be ready for training camp.

He also said he had had no conversations with the Sixers and does not expect any kind of deal with the team before the 7-foot center becomes a free agent on July 1.

• Nets center Brook Lopez has had a screw replaced in his surgically repaired right foot and is expected to resume basketball activities in August.

General manager Billy King insists he's not worried, saying the All-Star center felt no discomfort and doctors were just being proactive. King said an X-ray during Lopez's postseason physical showed the screw had bent.

• Former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen was questioned Monday about his weekend fight with an autograph-seeker that left the man hospitalized with a head injury.

Pippen came in voluntarily to a Los Angeles County sheriff's substation after he was named as a suspect in the altercation outside Nobu restaurant, a celebrity hangout on the beach in Malibu. He spoke to police for about an hour and was released pending further investigation.

• A healthy Stephen Curry is looking forward to spending this offseason improving his game instead of than rehabbing from another ankle surgery.

The Golden State Warriors point guard said Monday that he feels great, unlike the last two seasons when he spent months recovering from surgery on his troublesome right ankle. Curry was bothered by a sore left ankle during the NBA postseason but said he started working out this week and has "no limits."

• Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder has become the first NBA star to sign with Jay-Z's Roc Nation agency.

Durant posted a photo on social media Monday of himself and the rap mogul with the paperwork. Jay-Z became certified as a representative by the NBA players' association last week.

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