After taking nearly five months off to rest this offseason, you’d think the Miami Heat would be getting back to business. They are, but they’ll be spending the first week of training camp at the luxurious Atlantis resort near Nassau in the Bahamas.
According to Yahoo! Sports, the Heat will practice twice a day in the Imperial Ballroom of the Atlantis Conference Center. The Heat will begin their journey after a media day in Miami on Sept. 30, spending three days on Paradise Island before returning on Oct. 4.
This will be the first time the Heat have moved their training camp outside of Florida. However, this is not the first time the team have traveled outside the country together, as they made a trip to China last fall prior to the start of the season.
It seems somewhat strange that the Miami squad will be training at one of the most world renowned resorts in the world. But then again, I guess it is somewhat understandable that Erik Spoelstra wants to get his players away from all the media attention affiliated with training camp, while also giving the Heat players some time to relax and enjoy a bit of paradise.
This short time of relaxation will give some much-needed rest to the older players on the Miami roster such as Ray Allen and Shane Battier, while also giving some rest to those members of the Heat returning from injuries like Dwyane Wade and Greg Oden. This short stint in paradise will do the defending NBA champions some good.