Miami, FLA. – The three-time NBA champions the Miami Heat tipped off their 30th season with a 96-90 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in a preseason game on October 1.
The regular season will now begin 2 1/2 weeks earlier on October 18 in Orlando. The league made that change to help players get more rest.
The Heat brought back 11 players from last season and is hoping to build off of the second half of last season’s 30-11 record success.
Miami Heat selected Kentucky’s Bam Adebayo with the 14th draft picked in the 2017 draft.
James Johnson is expected to be the starting power forward, after signing a four-year, $60 million deal.
Kelly Olynkyk signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Heat this summer.
Dion Waiters (219 pounds) came into this season training camp 15 pounds lighter than last year.
There is a new retail store up in the 300 level representing “The Culture” brand.
The organization is now paperless entry.
Due to the rescheduling of the Miami Dolphins hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 19, the Heat’s home matchup against the Indiana Pacers time has been changed from 3:30 p.m., to now 5:00 p.m.
Dwyane Wade will make $39 million for the one season he played with the Chicago Bulls. On September 27, Wade signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bulls had paid Michael Jordan $33 million in 1997-1998.
Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroeder was arrested on Friday, September 29, 2017 on a misdemeanor battery charge in DeKalb County. Allegedly, Schroeder and three other people were arrested for fighting in a parking lot outside of a hookah bar on Buford Highway. The police report stated a video recording of the incident showed Schroeder “initiate contact” with the victim and four individuals hit the victim with their hands and feet. The victim complained of knee and ankle pain and was transported to Grady Hospital. Schroeder has been released on bail and finished the preseason game against Miami scoring 12 points, four rebounds, and five assist.
This season will be Tony Fiorentino’s 15th and final season as the team’s TV analyst. Eric Reid will still hold his position as the team’s play-by-play announcer, however, management felt a need to break-up the duo and wanted a change in the TV analyst role. After this season, Fiorentino will serve as both a Heat Ambassador and as the Director for the franchise’s basketball camp.
Overtime with Daphnie:
This reporting life is new to me.
Trying to balance my professional life and personal life is exhausting. I’m not use to having to know all about EVERYTHING that is going on in the four major sports leagues and college sports, on top of working and completing my three latest projects.
I remember my earliest introduction to basketball was my sister trying to get me to stay up with her to watch the Heat win their first championship back in 2006. I was half-asleep as I watched Shaq and Wade celebrated. Fast forward 11 years later, sports have me wide awake and I can’t wait to cover my first championship series. I started to really watch basketball in 2009, when the Heat were hoping Michael Beasley will be their franchise player. That was the only way for me to see Beasley, however, I’m so grateful for all of those seasons staying home and learning basketball and the Heat culture.
Now, I’m no longer on the couch watching, I’m now reporting. Stay tune for my next story, which will be about starting off in your career.