The Miami Heat have a deserved reputation as a glamorous franchise (or an elitist one, depending on your point of view). They have three highly paid superstars in LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh; a slick executive in Pat Riley; a shiny location in South Beach; and the impression of rampant self-regard. Pretty much everything they do is in keeping with this image, and its won them both fans and (more) detractors.
It appears that the Heat have no interest in changing things up for the 2013-14 season. As announced on Tuesday, they will hold several days of their preseason training camp in the Bahamas in early October (via PBT):
The Miami HEAT announced today that they will hold their 2013 Training Camp at The Atlantis Paradise Island Resort, Bahamas, from Tuesday, October 1 through Friday, October 4, 2013.
Following Media Day on Monday, September 30, the HEAT will travel to Paradise Island and will conduct two-a-day practice sessions in the Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis Conference Center beginning on Tuesday. They will conclude the practice sessions and return to Miami on Friday afternoon. Media availability will take place following the first session only, with a viewing time to be updated daily. A media workroom will be set up within the conference center, in Adonis rooms I-IV. Media should enter the conference center through the main entrance.
For those media members requiring hotel accommodations, the Atlantis Resort has a small block of rooms in the Royal Towers available at a media rate of $175 per night. Media needing room reservations should contact Megan Herrity or John Blazek at Sports Travel Plus at 301-770-7587 before Friday, September 27 at 3PM.
It is typically considered poor form to air company business in public, but I would like to inform my superiors at Yahoo Sports that I am available to travel to the Bahamas next week. I own several linen shirts and will settle for a mid-level expense account.
Training camp is typically considered a time for laying the foundation of a season, but the Heat appear to be spending a few days in relative luxury. That's fine, in part because two consecutive championships is a solid foundation in itself, but also because the regular season is somewhat less important to them than it is to other teams. They've proven the ability to win on the road in the postseason, have several aging players in need of managed minutes, and have much less to prove than any other team in the league. If the organization wants to spend a few days in a nice location while maybe also developing business relationships with local tourist bureaus, that's there prerogative. I think they've earned it.