Training Camp 2003-04: Day Five - October 5

Victor Baldizon

Day Five, HEAT Training Camp: Malik Allen, Rafer Alston, Ike Austin, Jerome Beasley, Caron Butler, Rasual Butler, Bimbo Coles, Joe Crispin, Brian Grant, Udonis Haslem, Eddie Jones, Sean Lampley, Lamar Odom, Cherokee Parks, Dwyane Wade, Samaki Walker, John Wallace and Loren Woods.

Practicing right up until the very last minute, HEAT training camp closed up shop on Sunday, moments before the team took off for Puerto Rico, where they will play their first preseason game vs. the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday evening.

After completing five days in a row of two-a-day practices, HEAT players came away from the annual camp with the same dynamic intensity and powerful enthusiasm as they came in with – a bit more tired, much more knowledgeable of Coach Riley’s system and with a serious focus on a much-anticipated season that is on the brink of beginning.

Coach Riley and the HEAT coaching staff has dedicated training camp to giving the players a lot of instruction, complete with learning plays, understanding them and, ultimately, executing on the court. Sunday wrapped up with a morning practice focused on defense: getting a variety of situations down, going over how other teams will set screens and how the HEAT players will want to play those screens. After a breather for lunch, the crew hit the courts for some scrimmaging, where they did a lot of running and fast break work.

Fired-up for what looks like a very promising season for the HEAT, Tuesday evening the refreshed group will have a chance to put it all together and see how well the group can function as one.

“I think today was good, I think the five days have been great. Guys have been very attentive, they have really tried to learn and get the system down. Their effort has been fantastic, a really great group…A lot of players are sticking out at various times…We are ready to get started with the process of playing games.”--- Assistant Head Coach Stan Van Gundy

“It (training camp) was great, it was a good thing I was in good condition. I really came on the last couple days – my first three days I was trying to get to know teammates and figure out their comfort zone on the court, really trying to get to know the plays and Coach’s system…Now we go in to the exhibition season part of it and that’s where it counts – what you do against other competition.” ---Rafer Alston