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Heat returning to The Bahamas

NBA team set to host training camp at Baha Mar next week

The Miami Heat has announced that they will be returning to The Bahamas to host training camp, set for Tuesday September 27 to Saturday October 1, at the Baha Mar resort. The training camp is presented by Baptist Health.

It is the third time in a decade that the Heat will make the 30-minute flight to The Bahamas for their training camp. They were last in The Bahamas in 2016, and before that, they came in 2013. Several Heat players including Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry have made trips to The Bahamas to work out and also bond before the 2021-2022 playoffs got underway.

“We are honored to be chosen as the host destination for the Miami Heat’s 2022 Training Camp and thrilled to be entering a multi-year partnership with the three-time NBA Champions,” said Graeme Davis, president of Baha Mar.

This trip will come on the heels of the team’s media day, set for Monday September 26 inside their home arena, the FTX Arena.

According to the Heat’s official release, the team will have two practices per day, Tuesday to Friday. After the first practice each day, the team will be available to the media. The training camp is closed to the public.

On the Saturday of the camp, the team will conclude its trip to The Bahamas with one final practice session that will be open to invited guests and young players under the wing of the Bahamas Basketball 

Federation (BBF).

The previous two training camps that were held by the Heat in The Bahamas were done at Atlantis, Paradise Island. There will be about 20 players who will make the trek to The Bahamas, including Butler, Lowry and Bam Adebayo. The only player on the roster who has been to the first two training camps in The Bahamas is veteran Udonis Haslem who is entering his 20th season in the league – all with the Heat who drafted him in 2002.

“I enjoy the people. I enjoy the culture, the food. Everybody’s nice. The weather is great. There are a lot of Miami Heat fans there. It’s just like being home,” Haslem said.

The 2013 training camp featured Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – the former ‘Big Three’ of the Heat who led them to two National Basketball Association (NBA) titles.

Last season, the Heat advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals but fell short 4-3 to the Boston Celtics. The Heat, who are coached by Erik Spoelstra, finished regular season play as the number one seed in the Eastern Conference with a 53-29 win/loss record – two games ahead of the Celtics who entered the playoffs as the second seeded team. The Heat are looking to return to the NBA Finals this upcoming season, beginning with training camp in The Bahamas next week.

The team will head back to Miami, Florida, on Saturday October 1, to start preseason action. They will tip off the preseason with a home matchup at the FTX Arena against the new-look Minnesota Timberwolves that now features Rudy Gobert alongside franchise player Karl-Anthony Towns. That game is set for Tuesday October 4.

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Sheldon Longley

Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.

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