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Heat dismiss James Johnson for conditioning issues

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Miami opened camp Tuesday without the former team captain.

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James Johnson is coming off, in his words, a “terrible season.” He lost his starting power forward spot — at one point, he was a coach’s scratch for seven consecutive games. But the former Wake Forest player said in August that he was healthy and that critics should “doubt at their own risk.”

Unfortunately for the former team captain, this season has gotten off to a terrible start.

Johnson has not been fined or suspended, but is not with other Heat players at their Palm Beach hotel.

In the middle of the 2006-07 season — that disastrous title defense year — Miami deactivated Antoine Walker and James Posey for failing to meet conditioning goals.

The other player held out of the opening day of training camp was Kelly Olynyk, who hopes to return within two weeks from a knee injury.