Miami Heat Training Camp Tracker: Latest News, Tweets, Media from Bahamas Trip

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistOctober 1, 2013

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 30:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat poses for a portrait during media on September 30, 2013 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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2011-12 NBA Champions: Miami Heat

2012-13 NBA Champions: Miami Heat

2013-14 NBA Champions: ???

The quest for a three-peat begins in the Bahamas, where LeBron James and Co. are holding court as they prepare for the upcoming season. Trust me, I want to be there watching them in person just as much as you do, but this is the next best thing. 

Throughout the festivities, we'll be updating you with the most notable tweets, top images and biggest news items coming out of paradise. 

Keep it tuned here for all things Miami Heat!


Notable tweets

UPDATE: Oct. 4 at 2:45 pm ET by Adam Fromal

Defense is the theme of the day (and the camp) for Erik Spoelstra's Heat. 

That's a pretty big percentage, but it makes sense. Miami proved that it has a nearly unstoppable offense during the 2012-13 campaign, and that's not going to change anytime soon. As the old adage goes, defense wins championships. 

But for Norris Cole, the focus isn't just on defense. 

The flat-topped point guard is already a pretty solid pest on the less glamorous end of the court, but Miami needs him to become more of a consistent offensive presence. 

There was also some big news regarding the preseason opener on Monday. 

Good news for anyone who's lucky enough to have tickets. 

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UPDATE: Oct. 4 at 11:10 am ET by Adam Fromal 

Maybe Erik Spoelstra is being a bit modest. 

At least he's better than Ron Burgandy, who's only "kind of a big deal." 

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UPDATE: Oct. 3 at 12:15 pm ET by Adam Fromal

Unsurprisingly, Ray Allen's game-winning three-pointer in Game 6 of the NBA Finals has been a big topic of conversation. 

And how could it not be? I'd never call it lucky, but it will go down as one of the all-time highlights and be replayed for decades. 

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UPDATE: Oct. 3 at 12:00 pm ET by Adam Fromal

Count Ray Allen among one of those litany of people who managed to lose weight during the offseason. Except he did it through the "paleo diet."

I have to admit that I had no clue what that meant. But visiting the diet's original site, I learned it's "the world's healthiest diet—is based upon eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups that our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era, or Stone Age"

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UPDATE: Oct. 3 at 11:40 am ET by Adam Fromal

Anyone surprised that the Miami Heat practices are events everyone wants to get into? 

But this is a "C'mon man" moment. $50? That's it?

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UPDATE: Oct. 2 at 12:55 pm ET by Adam Fromal

Bet you didn't know that Dwyane Wade was afraid of needles. 

I suppose it could be worse, though. He could be Juwan Howard and afraid of big numbers. 

You'd think the former Fab Five member would be used to them by now, though. 

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UPDATE: Oct. 2 at 12:15 pm ET by Adam Fromal

#MuscleWatch (or #MusselWatch if you're John Hollinger) is on for the Miami Heat. 

That's pretty impressive seeing as Ray Allen's age makes him a candidate for any interviews about dinosaurs. 

But Allen isn't the only player working hard. 

So much for a bum knee, huh?

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Monitoring the health of this team is going to be rather important throughout the 2013-14 season. And Ethan Skolnick is doing it right from the get-go by providing some updates on both Dwyane Wade and Greg Oden: 

Another story worth following is the progression of Michael Beasley: 

He could work his way into the rotation, but he knows that he's starting from the bottom. And now he's here. 

If Beasley is going to get playing time in 2013-14, he's going to have to play a little more defense than he has in the past. After all, that's the true identity of the defending champions:


Best images

UPDATE: Oct. 4 at 11:10 am ET by Adam Fromal

It's James Jones' 33rd birthday, and he's lucky enough to spend it in the Bahamas. No fair. 

Jones played only 5.8 minutes per game last year, so maybe he'll get a belated birthday present during the regular season by actually getting a little more run. 

But Jones wasn't the only happy camper in the Bahamas. The Heat's coaching staff was joined by Alonzo Mourning so that it could give a clinic to some local high-school students. 

No word on whether any of them will eventually join the Heat, though. 

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UPDATE: Oct. 3 at 11:35 am ET by Adam Fromal

Juwan Howard isn't wasting any time settling into his role as an assistant coach. 

Given the bulk of experience that he's piled up throughout his professional days, I'd definitely listen to the 7-footer, even if he's wearing a collared shirt instead of a jersey now. 

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UPDATE: Oct. 2 at 11:10 am ET by Adam Fromal

The Heat haven't exactly gone for a prototypical roster construction, as you can see in this handy-dandy cheat sheet provided to us by Heat beat writer Tim Reynolds:

It's pretty incredible that not a single player since Dwyane Wade has technically been drafted by the defending champions. Pat Riley, y'all. 

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Anyone else jealous? 

I may still be a little bitter that I wasn't allowed to cover the Heat in the Bahamas...but hey, at least I don't have to wear ice packs on my knees!

Oden isn't expected to be completely healthy right from the start of the season. He's going to be working his way back into action, which will require patience and preventative measures like the whole thing with ice packs on the knees. 

And, just in case you're getting too jealous about those beautiful shots of the Bahamas, the Heat really are at work: 


Biggest news items

UPDATE: Oct. 4 at 2:40 pm ET by Adam Fromal

It seems as though the Heat's training camp experience has been largely successful. According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, they both worked hard and played hard. 

And we can let Chris Bosh sum it all up: ""It was the best training camp ever."

Not typically a phrase you hear about training camp. But then again, most training camps aren't in the Bahamas. 

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UPDATE: Oct. 2 at 11:10 am ET by Adam Fromal 

Make sure that you check out this article by B/R's Dan Favale. LeBron is bringing back the powder toss, and he'll have to do so in a more time-sensitive manner given the NBA's strict rules about the length of pregame introductions. 

The news was broken by James himself in an Instagram post, but it won't stay a secret for long. Expect to see lots of pictures pop up this season of the MVP making it rain with powder. 

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The Miami Herald's Joseph Goodman has a great recap of Media Day that also functions as a preview for the training camp festivities. Perhaps the most important takeaway, though, is the intensity of the event, as explained by Shane Battier: 

I can’t see Bahamas training camp. I just see training camp. Training camp stinks. Whatever I’ve been telling people is you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig. Training camp is your body hurts and you’re sore. Right now, it’s, ‘We’re going to the Bahamas,’ but after the first day you can’t get out of bed.

Miami is going to work hard, but not too hard. A major injury at this point in the year would be massively detrimental.