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Published Jun. 26, 2012

MIAMI - Mike Miller bowed to the NBA championship trophy. Udonis Haslem kissed it three times. Chris Bosh hugged it, and LeBron James strolled past before waving at the crowd. And in a nod to his postgame fashion style, Dwyane Wade emerged with a pair of faux eyeglasses and slipped the frames onto the neck of the trophy.

Heat president Pat Riley, coach Erik Spoelstra and managing general partner Micky Arison donned similar pairs of the black spectacles Monday.

Hundreds of thousands filled the streets of Miami for a Heat championship parade, then 15,000 more got into the arena afterward for a reception.

"It's the best feeling I've ever had. This was my dream, right here, to be able to hoist that Larry O'Brien Trophy up, hug it, grab it, never want to let it go," James said.

Spoelstra said: "Every single one of these players had to sacrifice something. And it was all for a moment like this."

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Hawks hired Danny Ferry, 45, as president of basketball operations and general manager, replacingRick Sund. Ferry spent the past two years as vice president of basketball operations for the Spurs. ... The Celtics and Mavs will play exhibition games in Europe. On Oct. 5, Boston will play at five-time Turkish champ Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, and Italian power EA7 Emporio Armani on Oct. 7 in Milan. On Oct. 6, the Mavs will play at eight-time German champion Alba Berlin, and will play in Spain, with details to be announced. ... Ohio State center Jared Sullinger's stock has fallen to the point that he reportedly has not been invited to the Green Room at the draft, where players expected to be picked in the top 10 to 15 spots wait to be selected. ... Knicks coach Mike Woodson said point guard Jeremy Lin is "doing great, fantastic," showing no effects from left knee surgery. Lin becomes a restricted free agent Sunday; the team plans to match any offers.