Training camp for the Miami Heat is well underway and it has been an eventful time so far. As the team prepares to defend their NBA championship storylines have been created along with some news. Here is a look at what went on at American Airlines Arena on days 2 through 5 of camp.
Day 1 of camp mainly focused on how Ray Allen was adjusting to his new surroundings after spending five seasons with the Boston Celtics. In Day 2 the focus was on Miami’s other major signing in the off season, Rashard Lewis. Coming back from an injury plagued tenure with the Washington Wizards that ended with a trade to the New Orleans Hornets in the off season and his contract being bought out, Lewis has a lot to prove. He has not shown too much rust so far in camp. Long time Heat players and coaches talked about not underestimating Lewis as they have been victims of his perimeter shooting in the past.
Day 3 of camp mainly focused on who many consider to be the Heat’s most improved player so far in Norris Cole. He knows that he will be fighting for more minutes in the rotation with head coach Erik Spoelstra stating that he will play Dwyane Wade and Allen on the floor at the same time often. Cole has shown that he is up to the task thus far in camp. He has taken advantage of having a structured off season with Summer League play and access to team facilities.
Days 4 and 5 were mainly focused on how injures players such as Wade were going through camp. The most notable sight has been Mike Miller, whose two season in Miami have been marred by various ailments. Miller showed little signs that his back was limiting his activities like it was last season where he actually contemplated retirement.
Aside from the already known rehabilitation of Wade, Allen, and Miller, there are some new injuries for Heat players during camp. Mario Chalmers has a quadriceps injury and Joel Anthony has a pulled hamstring. Both players have had their activities limited in camp due to these injuries and it has also kept them out of last night’s Red & White scrimmage.
Wade atold the media that he was aiming to play a few preseason games. This conflicts earlier reports that he would be limited to at most one game.
Not too much in actual news has occurred during camp, but two events of note did happen.
Wade confirmed his long rumored departure from Nike’s Jordan brand after his contract with the shoe and apparel company expired Monday. He is said now have an endorsement deal with Li-Ning, A Chinese shoe company based in Beijing with offices in Chicago and Portland, OR. Li-Ning has other NBA players under their banner including Evan Turner of the Philadelphia 76ers and Jose Calderon of the Toronto Raptors. Wade joins his teammate Chalmers, who is endorsed by Spaulding, as the players with the most eccentric shoe brand representations.
The Heat also announced that they were picking up the team option for the third year of Cole’s rookie contract.