Miami Heat are heading to the Bahamas for training camp because why not?
If any so-called NBA experts have expressed any concern that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the Miami Heat, coming off back-to-back titles, would find it difficult to reignite the competitive fire needed to defend its championships and go for a Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy trifecta during the 2013-14 campaign, think again.
The brain wizards at the Heat organization, specifically Pat Riley, have set into motion a plan that is sure to grab the attention of the roster, letting players know that they should expect to be put through a grueling training camp in order to be adequately prepared for the grind that is an NBA season … by holding camp in the Bahamas.
At a posh and luxurious resort, even.
Yeah, it’s good to be champs.
Two seasons ago, the first year of “The Big Three,” the Heat, in a move to improve camaraderie and allow players to acclimate to one another, both on the court and off it, held training camp at a Florida military base, away from the trappings and distractions of home.
This season, Riley and company will go a different route, albeit with the same goal in mind by holding a portion of the team’s training camp at The Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas from Oct. 1 through Oct. 4.
Following Media Day on Monday, September 30, the HEAT will travel to Paradise Island and will conduct two-a-day practice sessions in the Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis Conference Center beginning on Tuesday. They will conclude the practice sessions and return to Miami on Friday afternoon. Media availability will take place following the first session only, with a viewing time to be updated daily. A media workroom will be set up within the conference center, in Adonis rooms I-IV. Media should enter the conference center through the main entrance.
Despite the idyllic surroundings, the players nevertheless will be working hard and just because there will be beautiful sun, surf and sand mere steps away, a basketball court remains a basketball court regardless of what’s outside, so odds are being in the Bahamas will be of little consequence as it relates to the preparedness of the team come regular season tip-off. It’s not like Lebron will be spending a lot of time digging his freakishly deformed toes into the soft sand on the beaches, right?
But still, how nice would it be to spend a little time in the Bahamas right now, even if it was for a “working trip”?
And for any media members who would like to see if their editors or producers would be interested in dispatching an intrepid reporter to the Bahamas to cover Heat training camp, have no fear: Simply pass along the article which provides an abundance of information about how the resort will be most accommodating to the press. That’s sure to seal the deal, right, media types? Totally.