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There's more to this trip than just teaching defense, of course.
Miami wanted to take the training camp show on the road for many reasons, a primary one being that of the 20 players who will compose the preseason roster, 14 either weren't with the Heat or didn't have a significant role last season when the team won 47 games and was ousted in the opening round of the playoffs by Boston.
"We need to come together as a unit," Wade said. "That starts now."
An offseason of change won't be followed by a preseason of more changes. The Heat will run the same plays for the most part, just with different players.
"We understand, very clearly, what we are playing for," Spoelstra said. "But there is a process and a journey that must start before that. ... Action usually proves things more than words and guys have been very committed for the last six to eight weeks. That was my one message at the end of July, after the celebration period, to focus on one thing -- to get in world-class condition."
Miami has long had strict conditioning rules and runs players through a demanding preseason test. When that test came last week, many players "shattered" the expected standards, Spoelstra said.
So even before the first practice, Camp Heat was off to a promising start.
"Anybody's that's played basketball will tell you, this is a grind," Bosh said. "Every season is a grind, if you're successful or if you're not successful. You play 82 games, you're not going to have 82 good games. Some nights you grind it out. That's the NBA life. We're just going to keep playing, no matter what happens. We're going to have fun. We're going to make sure we have fun. Whatever it takes."
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