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PANTHERS NOTES: Kevin Dineen Happy for Champion Miami Heat ... Jovo Close?

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Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said he didn't watch the Heat's banner raising ceremony on Tuesday as he said he was too engrossed in watching other hockey games.

That didn't mean he wasn't happy for the Heat. On the contrary.

Although no one could blame him if he was a little green with envy for the success the basketball team he shares the area with has had during his time here.

Since Dineen was hired by the Panthers, the Heat have been to the NBA Finals three times -- winning it twice.

Dineen says he is a fan of all the teams in South Florida adding Wednesday that he wasn't rooting for the Red Sox in Game 6 of the World Series because he's now a Marlins guy.

"We're all proud as South Floridians to see the success they've had,'' Dineen said. "That was a special day for them. A well-deserved day. We wish them luck on a long journey this year. They have a lot to live up to and that's a team I have a lot of respect for.''

-- Defenseman Ed Jovanovski wasn't at practice Wednesday but Dineen said he would be back Thursday. Jovanovski and the Panthers have said he could return from his hip surgery in the coming weeks and Dineen reiterated that Wednesday.

"He's getting there,'' Dineen said. "We've talked about November and we're slowly getting to that deadline. It's an exciting time for him.''