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Heat leave Miami for a little peace, but the throng follows

Sep 28, 2010, 10:43 AM EDT

Lebron_Wade_Bosh2.jpgThe Miami Heat plane had plenty of radar tracking it as it landed at 10 p.m. last night at Eglin Air Force Base. As the team came down the stairs, they were greeted by a crowd that had been there three hours to see them.

Such is the life of the Miami Heat now — even in their place of escape people are lined up hours to see them. To see them get off a plane. The Heat players did take the time to mingle with the crowd, but it made ring true what Coach Erik Spoelstra told NBA.com:

“…this team wasn’t built to go under the radar.”

The Miami Heat are THE traveling road show of the NBA — there were a ridiculous 350 credentialed media at their media day, and 150 of them will travel to a military base on the Florida panhandle for training camp. Where media will take shuttle buses from the hotel to the base, where they are granted 30-minutes-a-day group access. That was after each member of the media passed a military criminal background check to get on the air force base. Still ESPN will be doing live television remotes with a desk and a team of reporters. The demand is still there.

Thousands of miles away, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak told NBATV how nice and quiet it was for the two-time defending champions with so much of the national media in Florida.

The Heat know the zoo that is ahead, which is why they have chosen the most remote of training camp locations, with strict access. Real team bonding moments will be hard for this squad to come by. There will be a constant pull of obligations, there will be fans and reporters lurking around every turn.

Pat Riley found the most isolated spot he could so that for one week the team would be together without many distractions. That meant sleeping in sparser, almost dorm-like facilities (almost more what you see with a football training camp, not the four-star accommodations basketball teams are used to). A week where team officials will preach sacrifice with a backdrop of military people making huge sacrifices for their country. The message is not subtle.

Who knows if it will work, but once they leave the base the lights will get brighter. When the Heat play their first exhibition game, NBATV will cover it live (Oct. 5). And it will be like that the rest of the way. A storm of media attention, of fan interest.

But this week, for one week, they will try to get away. And bond. With only 150 media members watching.

  1. Overrated - Sep 28, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Amn Danny Sanchez’s memorial service was today at Hurlburt Field which is adjacent to Eglin AFB. Did the Miami Heat or those waiting to catch a glimpse of them pay their respect?

  2. Overrated - Sep 28, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Amn Danny Sanchez’s memorial service was today at Hurlburt Field which is adjacent to Eglin. Wonder if the Miami Heat or the folks who wanted to catch a glimpse of them paid their respect.

  3. Wakehead - Sep 28, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    “Cue self created media circus.” The “media causing havoc” slant to the article is pretty funny.

  4. LOUIS - Sep 28, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    This is so great for me to watch develop with “MY TEAM” the miami heat… I watched my favorite player Dwayed Wade took the Miami heat to the NBA finals and won it all in 2006 and now this.. I don’t know which is better but i do know one thing it can’t get no better..GO HEAT.. DOMINATE.

  5. Louis - Sep 28, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    This is so great to watched develop with my fovorite team the miami heat.. In 2006 I enjoyed watching Dwyane Wade my favorite player took the Miami heat to the NBA finals and won it all now this… I don’t which is better..GO HEAT….. DOMINATE…..

  6. Luvheat - Sep 28, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Sorry “Overrated” I don’t know but I DO have my doubts that anyone paid any attention to this young hero than those that knew him

  7. wvan10 - Sep 28, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    It’s gonna be hilarious when the Celtics beat the Heat for the privelidge to be taken out by the CHAMPS – the only team worthy of the hype – The Los Angeles Lakers!

  8. wvan10 - Sep 28, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    It’s gonna be hilarious when the Celtics beat the Heat for the privelidge to be taken out by the CHAMPS – the only team worthy of the hype – The Los Angeles Lakers!

  9. wvan10 - Sep 28, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    It’s gonna be hilarious when the Celtics beat the Heat for the privelidge to be taken out by the CHAMPS – the only team worthy of the hype – The Los Angeles Lakers!

  10. wvan10 - Sep 28, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    It’s gonna be hilarious when the Celtics beat the Heat for the privelidge to be taken out by the CHAMPS – the only team worthy of the hype – The Los Angeles Lakers!

  11. King James - Sep 28, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Pay attention to someone other than me, are you kidding me.
    The media created what led up to “The Debacle” so of course the media will keep the circus rolling. Nice to see that the sports media doesn’t show any favoritism. Then again, who wouldn’t want to hang out around South Beach in late September early October.
    I wonder how many times in a row the Lakers need to win the championship before they get any attention from the media. How much more space does Phil Jackson need to put between himself and all second place record holders?
    The best thing that could happen at this point is for the Heat to completely flop. Start the season 0-15 or some awful number like that. Trouble is they could lose fifteen in a row but as soon as they win two in a row the media would put the tents back up and the circus will be back in town. When are they going to go pay-per-view? Have the Royal Rumble in Cleveland, a steel cage match in New York. I think I will stick to college sports where there is actual competition instead of this side show BS.
    Gotta love it when you see people making an average living traveling the country with their sole job worshiping multi-millionaire jet setters. I have more respect for the people that clean the toilets in the arena.
    This is going to be a fun year of comments.

  12. King James - Sep 28, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Pay attention to someone other than me, are you kidding me.
    The media created what led up to “The Debacle” so of course the media will keep the circus rolling. Nice to see that the sports media doesn’t show any favoritism. Then again, who wouldn’t want to hang out around South Beach in late September early October.
    I wonder how many times in a row the Lakers need to win the championship before they get any attention from the media. How much more space does Phil Jackson need to put between himself and all second place record holders?
    The best thing that could happen at this point is for the Heat to completely flop. Start the season 0-15 or some awful number like that. Trouble is they could lose fifteen in a row but as soon as they win two in a row the media would put the tents back up and the circus will be back in town. When are they going to go pay-per-view? Have the Royal Rumble in Cleveland, a steel cage match in New York. I think I will stick to college sports where there is actual competition instead of this side show BS.
    Gotta love it when you see people making an average living traveling the country with their sole job worshiping multi-millionaire jet setters. I have more respect for the people that clean the toilets in the arena.
    This is going to be a fun year of comments.

  13. ARLISA WILLIAMS - Sep 28, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    yes it will be hilarious to se the old time celtic team looooose big to the miami heat have you forgotten game 4 of the nba finals when dw took that whole team by himself he said we are no going out like that,this new miami team is saying the same thing,the only player i think will give them a problem is rajon rondo but the miami heat will win even if they have a couple of bad calls fouls goooo miami heeeeat.

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