MIAMI (AP) _ In his opening address to the Miami Heat this
season, coach Pat Riley warned that he was making some changes.
He didn't wait long to prove his point, either.
Most NBA teams, including Miami, couldn't open training camp
until Tuesday. So at 12:01 a.m., the earliest possible moment allowed
by league rules, the Heat hit the floor for their first official
workout of the season. It was nine hours ahead of the schedule
Riley originally set.
Players were on the practice court until about 2:30 a.m., then
back at 11 a.m. for a team lunch and an afternoon practice.
Three players were held out of today's workouts because they
didn't meet offseason conditioning goals. They include forward
Antoine Walker. He was briefly suspended last season because his
body-fat level wasn't in line with team mandates.
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