Buford Sorry - Back With Heat


Miami Heat rookie Rodney Buford is back in uniform and back in Pat Riley's good graces.

Buford apologized for being caught in possession of a small amount of marijuana last week in Canada. He was sent back to Miami and missed two road games, then rejoined the team for practice Monday and was expected to dress for Tuesday night's game against Indiana.

"The kid has apologized to the team," Riley said. "He knows he was dead wrong. He told me he'd never ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever do that again. And that's enough for me."

Buford spoke briefly to reporters but declined to take questions.

"I made a big mistake," he said. "I just want to apologize to my family, my friends, this team. They stuck by my side through all of this. This will never, ever happen again."

Buford wasn't charged. Teammates were supportive of the second-round draft pick from Creighton.

"It was just a stupid move," guard Dan Majerle said. "Everybody likes Rodney a lot. He fit back in right away with us. There were some jokes, but that's it."

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