After four days of training camp at FAU, some surprising trends about the Miami Heat have been revealed.
Newcomers Gerald Green and Amar'e Stoudemire are the resident grill masters after practice sessions, with huge Styrofoam cups on their heads:
Hassan Whiteside has been noticeably absent from camp because of a pesky strained calf suffered late last week. Rookies Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson have picked up the Heat system more quickly than expected, earning plaudits from staff and teammates alike — especially on the defensive end.
Key additions Green and Stoudemire seem just as comfortable on the court as they do at the grill. Josh McRoberts' talents as an enabler and playmaker will give the team another dimension with a true point forward.
Day 4 highlights display the Heat performing at a much faster pace than last season.
The clip includes a vintage flash move by Dwyane Wade:
Below is a preview for Heat fans of what Green will bring to the team this season:
The depth chart as it presently stands consists of:
- PG Goran Dragic, Mario Chalmers, Josh Richardson
- SG Dwyane Wade, Gerald Green, Tyler Johnson
- SF Luol Deng, Justise Winslow
- PF Chris Bosh, Josh McRoberts, Udonis Haslem
- C Hassan Whiteside, Amar'e Stoudemire, Chris Andersen
Tyler Johnson has been a relativity overlooked commodity after a promising rookie season and brief summer campaign. His future with the team, along with James Ennis, going forward will be significantly more challenging than the competition they faced last fall due to off-season additions.
Haslem and Andersen are like the fire extinguishers inside a glass-door case, ready for emergencies whenever needed.
While the depth seems more than adequate, once the season begins and absences mount, non-rotation players will need to step up to become rotation pieces when their tickets are punched.
"Inside The Heat" introduction to new roster premiered Friday night, with repeat airings throughout the season.
The training camp has gone according to plan, because the Miami Heat are smart enough not to reveal their game plan to the other 29 teams, whose only goal is to defeat them in battle. The roster moves and public posturing follow the LeBron James model of "hidden agendas with smiling faces," as Pat Riley famously quipped.
Nothing new about that concept, because it's a strategy all professional sports teams follow. Trying to decipher every single move, punch and counter-punch, is an exercise in futility, since injuries to key personnel during the season are unpredictable.
Last year at this time nobody could have imagined Dragic or Whiteside as starters for the Miami Heat this season, much less Winslow, Stoudemire and Green being on the team.