Miami Heat to hold training camp at Florida Atlantic University

The Miami Heat are coming to Palm Beach County.

The Heat will return to Florida Atlantic University for training camp starting Sept. 26 through Sept. 30. Camp will consist of practices that are closed to the public Tuesday through Friday with an open scrimmage to wrap up  the week Saturday morning.  The Heat then will return to Miami for the preseason opener.

Last season, coach Erik Spoelstra credited the Heat’s five-day stay in the Bahamas to start the season for bringing together a team that had 10 new faces in training camp and seven new players to start the season. He said it’s not just the on-court bonding but the hanging out at the resort and the off-court activities that have a long-lasting impact.

“We spent so much time together and really tried to get to know each other,” Spoelstra said. “We spent a lot of time on the court but we spent a lot of time off the court. That’s why I love going away. It gives you a little bit of a start on that.”

Miami hopes getting away for five days and staying in Boca Raton will have the same impact this year even though it returns 11 players from a team that overcame an 11-30 start to finish 41-41 last season.

The Heat have a history with FAU, holding its first training camp on the campus before Pat Riley arrived in the 1990s and then another in Riley’s early years with the team. The last time Miami trained at FAU was in 2015.

The Heat have held training camp in several spots besides Miami, including the Atlantic Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas last year, its second camp in the Bahamas in four years. In 2010, Miami opened the Big Three Era at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach as LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade started getting to know each other.

Miami also has held training camps in the past at Palm Beach Atlantic University and Palm Beach State College.

Prior to the start of camp, the Heat will hold a Media Day Sept. 25 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Heat have 19 players on their training camp roster with the signing of forward Erik McCree on Monday. McCree is an undrafted rookie out of Louisiana Tech.

The first preseason game will be Oct. 1 at home against Atlanta. The season opens Oct. 18 in Orlando.

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