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Erik Spoelstra gives preview of Heat style

With training camp starting Sept. 29, Erik Spoelstra talked about his plans for the Miami Heat during the 2012-13 season.

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With training camp beginning September 29, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra spoke about the team's offseason and his plans for the impending season. Below are some highlights of what Spoelstra said.

  • The NBA champion coach spent some time with University of Oregon women's basketball coach Paul Westhead, who is known for his run-and-gun style. Spoelstra said that he won't plan on his team running that fast, noting that he views Miami as a "power-paint" team. Spoelstra's 2011 summer with another Oregon coach, Chip Kelly, spawned the birth of a new "pace-and-space" offense for the Heat that was successful early in the season. But as the season wore on -- possibly partly due to the grueling 66-game schedule -- Miami's pace tapered off. Perhaps that regression won't occur this season. Spoelstra also spoke with Billy Donovan and Pat Riley about the challenges of repeating.
  • Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen are not at 100 percent. Mike Miller will be able to participate in some of training camp activities. LeBron James has not played any organized basketball since the August 12 conclusion of the Olympics.
  • The Miami Heat won't have Juwan Howard on the roster for the start of training camp, but Spoelstra said the team may revisit the possibility of a reunion with the 19-year veteran.
  • Spoelstra said that Dexter Pittman is coming into camp in the best condition of his Heat career. This statement contradicts a report from The Miami Herald, citing a team source as saying that the team was disappointed in Pittman.
  • In terms of the rotation, Spoelstra said that the Heat "don't want to be restricted by conventional basketball." The Heat could continue to use Chris Bosh at the five and James at the four. Miami could also use three-wing lineups of Wade, James and Allen. While that may squeeze Norris Cole out of a rotation spot, Spoelstra said that the rising sophomore had a great summer.
  • 2010 Heat draft pick Jarvis Varnado will be limited in training camp because of a strained hamstring.