The Miami Heat have landed in the Bahamas, the site where they will start the 2013-14 training camp. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were prepped to play basketball in paradise with their teammates. The Big Three will lead the team on a quest to three-peat as NBA Champions.
Despite being in a tropical place for training camp, the Heat had an agenda heading to the Bahamas. It was business as usual for the defending champs as they opened camp on Tuesday and will be on the island until Friday.
They were scheduled with two practices on Tuesday and another two for Wednesday. Miami knows they will need play solid defense, which is staple of their practices and has been since the days of Pat Riley. Every player needs to be focused and prepared to sacrifice in order to be a champion. This season is very important as the team could win its third straight title and start to the dynasty talk if they are able to complete the mission.
Miami has a lot of returning faces to the fold, which included bringing Ray Allen and Chris Andersen. Both Andersen and Allen were a very integral part to the success of the Heat. Allen, the career leader in 3-pointers made, may have not hit a bigger shot than the one with five seconds left in Game 6 of the last year’s finals to send it into overtime. It was Allen’s shot that saved the season and gave Miami a chance to capture another ring. Andersen was a defensive presence who gave the team energy, rebounding and blocked shots when needed the most. He also managed to knock down 80 percent from the field during the title run.
One more familiar face popped up when the Heat reached out to Michael Beasley and convinced him to compete for a roster spot. Beasley, on the other hand, was given a non-guaranteed contract and is not assured a roster spot. The former #2 pick of the Heat in 2007 was released after his latest brush with the law. He has a great opportunity to get his career back on track after a disappointing season with the Phoenix Suns.
Another former top draft pick generated buzz at training camp. Greg Oden made his first appearance on the floor as a member of the Miami Heat by participating in drills and working on conditioning. It was the first time he’s been able to join his teammates during practice since 2009. Oden has had an injury-riddled career but was signed to fill a void for Miami. He won’t be relied on early as the team is being very cautious in regards to Oden’s health.
This season has many question marks but as long as James, Wade and Bosh are leading the way, chances are the Heat could pull of a three-peat. They cannot accomplish this without a supporting cast and below is a list of the Miami Heat’s Training Camp Roster by name and position (s):
- Ray Allen- Guard
- Chris Anderson- Forward/Center
- Joel Anthony- Center
- Shane Battier- Forward
- Michael Beasley- Forward
- Chris Bosh- Forward/Center
- Mario Chalmers- Guard
- Larry Drew II- Guard
- Eric Griffin- Forward
- Justin Hamilton- Center
- Udonis Haslem- Forward
- LeBron James- Forward
- James Jones- Forward
- Rashard Lewis- Forward
- Roger Mason, Jr.- Guard
- Jarvis Varnado- Forward
- Dwyane Wade- Guard
- Charlie Westbrook- Guard
- Players in bold indicate that they are returning from the 2012-13 roster.
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