Guard Dwyane Wade prepares to take a shot during Thursday morning practice at FAU Arena. Photo by Ryan Lynch.
Guard Dwyane Wade prepares to take a shot during Thursday morning practice at FAU Arena. Photo by Ryan Lynch.

Miami Heat practice at FAU Arena

Team finishes week on campus Oct. 3.

October 1, 2015

For head coach Erik Spoelstra, a return to FAU Arena with the Miami Heat was a reminder of his past experiences with the team in Boca Raton.

“I was actually up [in the stands] the entire time, filming all these practices,” he said. “I don’t really know what is was, it was just an awesome experience. It was my first job.”

Spoelstra previously worked for the Heat’s video department the last time the team hosted camp at Florida Atlantic in 2000, when current team president Pat Riley was coaching.

Now coming into his eighth season coaching the team, Spoelstra is once again at FAU to hold a week of camp with his team.

Holding double practice sessions Tuesday and Wednesday, the team finished up with its final two-a-day on Thursday.

“Today was a great day. I think yesterday was one of the hardest days,” guard Dwyane Wade said. “After the first day, there’s so much anticipation on that first day, the second day you wake up and you’re body’s like ‘wow.’”

They will host single morning practices on Friday and Saturday to end the week before  playing their first preseason game at home on Oct. 4, versus the Charlotte Hornets.

Dwyane Wade talks about the Heat’s final day of double sessions:

Power Forward A’mare Stoudemire talks about joining the team and practicing at FAU:

Erik Spoelstra talks about Josh McRoberts, A’mare Stoudemire and changes to his defensive system:

Head Coach Erik Spoelstra remembers his past visits with the team to FAU Arena:

Ryan Lynch is the sports editor of the University Press. For tips regarding this or other articles, he can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter.

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