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Heat-Magic Rivalry Gets Personal

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Stan Van Gundy knows the Miami Heat better than almost anyone.

He worked for the Heat under Pat Riley for 12 years, improved the team by 34 wins in two seasons as head coach and barely missed an NBA championship appearance.

He even stayed after Riley retook the reins and won it all.

But now Van Gundy is coaching the Heat's Southeast Division rival Orlando Magic, and his former mentor is in the way.

The two compete in the regular season for the first time tomorrow, though Van Gundy says it doesn't feel different.

Van Gundy was Riley's top assistant before getting the chance to be head coach of Miami in 2003, while Riley continued as Heat president. He lasted just over two seasons before resigning 21 games into the 2005-2006 season, when Riley returned to the sideline.


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