Mourning at practice; Shaq tells mates he's ready

Updated: February 25, 2005, 7:08 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Soon, the Heat will have Alonzo Mourning and Steve Smith coming off the bench, a healthy Shaquille O'Neal patrolling the paint and Wesley Person presumably being bought out of his deal.

Yet everything remained in limbo Friday, with no one certain when the Heat would debut their new look.

Mourning participated in bits of Miami's practice, although no roster spot has been cleared for him and no contract signed; under NBA rules, the Heat can have Mourning take part in limited portions ...

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