Winning an NBA championship must be nice.
You get the thrill of victory. You get to hold up the coveted Larry O'Brien trophy while Bill Russell waits to hand his eponymous trophy to the best player on the court. You get to celebrate with champagne and plenty of parties afterward, culminating in a sure-to-be-epic parade.
And, if you're the Miami Heat, you get to hold training camp in the Bahamas.
The two-time defending champion Miami Heat will hold training camp in the Bahamas next week.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) September 24, 2013
According to B/R's Ethan Skolnick, it's a move that the team had considered in the past. But while it was a hypothetical last year, it's actually happening in 2013.
The Heat had discussed training camp in the Bahamas in recent years. This year, they're doing it. God help us all.— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) September 24, 2013
Of course, this is going to do one of two things.
It's either going to shroud the Heat's top-secret plans for the 2013-14 campaign in secrecy. They're where the media can't touch them anymore, so they can party practice without the constant glare of cameras and the clicking of smartphones distracting them.
Then again, it could have the exact opposite effect.
If the Internet is slow, it's because the 78,029 people who cover the Heat are booking flights for Bahamas on Monday.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) September 24, 2013
I don't think Bleacher Report knows this yet, but I'm trying to become a full-time Heat beat reporter. Can we make this happen? My calendar is already cleared for however long training camp is going to take (and please let it last well into the season).
Also, how are they getting there?
NBC Sports' Kurt Helin has one heck of an idea:
Are the Heat getting to training camp aboard a Carnival Cruise ship?— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) September 24, 2013
Let the party continue! Or, in this case, start early.
Speaking of parties, though, this could be an early decision that people point to if the Heat fail to secure their three-peat. Training camp is an important time, even for the defending champs.
I guarantee that if the Heat do not win the title this year there will be people that point to the week in the Bahamas as why.— Robby Kalland (@RKalland) September 24, 2013
While their roster is already pretty much finalized (Greg Oden and Michael Beasley are the enduring question marks), it doesn't hurt to work on strategies and shoring up weaknesses.
If the Heat had announced this even earlier, perhaps the roster wouldn't be finalized, though. Plenty of free agents would be flocking to South Beach, waiting for an opportunity to take a nice vacation trip to training camp.
Hell, Jamal Crawford might even have been one.
Miami holding training camp in the Bahamas? #mustbenice— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) September 24, 2013
I'll leave you with that bit of hashtag perfection. Nothing sums this up any better.