Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra spoke with reporters a little more than an hour before tonight's Opening Day matchup against the Boston Celtics and the all-important pre-game championship ceremony. Here are some of his thoughts before the start of the NBA regular season...
On tonight's ceremony:
"There has been so much buildup. Our guys are looking forward to the whole night. We've talked about how we want to honor the ceremony but we know the main thing is the game and we do not want to ruin it for the fans.
"This is the first time that we will really have an opportunity to see our fans officially, with a full house. It brings us back to how difficult it was for us to be able to get over that hump and do this as an organization. We want to be able to share that with our fans."
On settling into a regular rotation in the opening weeks of the season:
"I'm not going to go out of my way to try new things, but the games will tell us. We have to figure out some things with the rotation but there is not a panic. We'll make adjustments if and when needed."
On going for the #1 seed in the East:
"If it happens within the context of what we are trying to do. We really want to establish how we want to play. We'll find out if we can impose our identity or if other teams will be imposing theirs on us. That is not one of the primary objectives."