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New Heat guard Toney Douglas in 'stay ready' mode

MIAMI -- It appears newly-acquired guard Toney Douglas is already prepared for what it takes to play for the Miami Heat.

On Tuesday, Douglas met with the media for the first time since being acquired in a three-way trade that sent him to Miami from Golden State and forward Joel Anthony to the Boston Celtics. Douglas spoke of staying ready, a common phrase for anyone who has played for the Heat the last four seasons.

He said he is already prepped for playing sporadic minutes.

"I'm a player. I stay working," Douglas said. "That's one thing about me. I'm going to be in the gym before and after. ... I'm going to stay ready. I know when I step on the floor I will make a contribution."

Douglas said the move came as no surprise. This is the fifth team he's played on since being drafted in 2009.

"It wasn't shocking because that's the NBA," Douglas said. "Things happen. If you plan on playing a long time, things happen. It wasn't a shocker to me."

The trade gives Douglas, who was an All-ACC player at Florida State, a chance to play closer to home. He was born in Tampa before playing his high school ball in Georgia.

"Coming to a championship team, that's very rare. I'm excited. Florida and Georgia is my home. I went to Florida State, having great guys in this locker room. I'm just here to get better."

The Warden returns

The weirdness began the moment Anthony stepped on the practice court in a different uniform. The Celtics held their shootaround in the same place he practiced for the past six-and-a-half seasons.

"It's a little different, definitely a little weird being on the other side and coming here," Anthony said. "It hasn't been that long. It was just last week. It will be interesting once this place is packed and all the fans are in ... That's when I think it will probably hit me the most."

Anthony said the reunion may have come too soon. He was traded just a week earlier.

"It kind of felt like I never left," he said. "It was a quick turnaround. It's been a little bit different. It's an adjustment I will have to make."

Chalmers warned

The league on Tuesday issued a flopping warning to guard Mario Chalmers. The decision came after Chalmers was called for flopping late in the fourth quarter of Monday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Chalmers responded to light contact from Hawks guard Shelvin Mack by crashing to the ground near the baseline.

"I don't worry about it," Chalmers said. "I don't feel like I'm a flopper. I don't know where that came from. I can't do anything about it. I just got to keep playing... It was the decision they made and I have to live with it."

A second violation would result in a $5,000 fine. Chalmers said he is more concerned about being labeled rather than paying the penalty. Earlier this season, he dealt with being marked as a dirty player after picking up two flagrant fouls.

"It's definitely a label you want to avoid, especially with the rep I have now with all these other things going on," Chalmers said. "I can't worry about it."

NBA Fit commercial a hit

The Heat made the photo bomb part of their post-game interview a tradition. Now, they have added the First Lady to the mix.

They participated in a league-sponsored commercial with Michelle Obama to promote a healthy lifestyle. The highlight of the ad came when Obama photo-bombed Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade, who were being interviewed by coach Erik Spoelstra.

In the background, Obama dunked a miniature basketball on a hoop held by LeBron James. The spot was filmed during last week's visit to the White House to commemorate the 2012-13 championship. The commercial was impromptu because players were notified upon arrival.

"Not until we got there and we started going over everything," James said. "That was when it transpired. That's what came up out of it. It was pretty good, too. It was pretty funny. She was amazing."

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