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Spoelstra Challenges HEAT to Accept Change
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On October 2, 2013 @ 1:58 pm In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
What’s old is old again. And that’s fine for a Miami Heat team that returns almost the entire roster that won last season’s championship.
But that doesn’t mean there’s a sense of things getting stale.
Despite returning almost their entire roster, with 95 percent of last season’s minutes played accounted for by players who return, the theme in training camp at the Atlantis resort is one of renewed vitality.
“No one takes anything for granted,” forward Shane Battier said after Wednesday’s first of two practices on the makeshift courts in a converted ballroom. “No matter what happened last year, or status or contract, guys guy after it, guys go after it and they fight and they compete, and that’s why we’ll be competitive this year.”
“This team has a lot of Miami Heat corporate knowledge. It does,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “So you try to build on that, but you don’t want to take it for granted.”
Spoelstra insists his players not only be receptive to change, but embrace it.
“We constantly talk about being different, being new and being better, within the confines of our team, and whatever makes sense for us to try to get to another level,” he said. “Our players have embraced that, and that keeps a constant newness to things.”
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