Miami Heat basketball is back, but not completely.
For the first time since March 11, the Heat held their first team workout on Friday, two days after arriving at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex, where the NBA’s season resumption is being held.
Still, the Heat are without two of their rotation players, who have been revealed to be center Bam Adebayo and guard Kendrick Nunn. Veteran guard Goran Dragic spoke to reporters in a post-practice video conference, noting his excitement for when the team fully assembles.
“Hopefully Bam can come and K-Nunn, and we can be a whole team and make some damage,” Dragic said.
Three players on the Heat have tested positive since the NBA began mandatory tests for coronavirus. Derrick Jones Jr., who was one of the three players to have contracted the virus, was cleared to travel with the team on Wednesday to the Disney “bubble”.
The two others to have tested positive didn’t travel with the team to Orlando and plan to join the team after testing negative for COVID-19 twice, according to Five Reasons Sports Network. Both players, who Miami has declined to release their names, intend to play upon their arrival.
Regardless, coach Erik Spoelstra and his squad were energized to practice as a team for the first time in nearly four months.
“I’ve never seen a team move as fast as this team to get to the gym,” he said.
And despite the circumstances Miami has and will continue to face, preparing for the playoffs remains a priority for the team that held a 41-24 record prior to the league’s hiatus.
“We’ll still prepare the way a typical Miami Heat would for the playoffs,” he said. “It feels a little different right now, as it should.”
Heat players and staff were required to quarantine in their hotel rooms amid their arrival to Lake Buena Vista — Miami is staying at the Gran Destino Tower — until each person brought back two negative tests for COVID-19 at least 24 hours apart from each other. Miami arrived on Wednesday, and have complied with regulations, meaning that they’re now allowed to start training camp and settle into what will be home for nearly two months, depending on how far they make it in the postseason.
For now, the Heat continue to prep for a July 22 meeting against the Sacramento Kings, the first of three scrimmages Miami will play before the start of their eight “seeding games.”
Fox Sports Sun Airing All Heat Scrimmages
Fox Sports Sun will be airing all of the Heat’s three scrimmage games, they announced on Friday. Miami’s first scrimmage (Sacramento Kings on July 22 at 8 p.m.) and third game (Memphis Grizzlies on July 28 at 2 p.m.) will be shown live on Fox Sports Sun. However, the Heat’s second game (Utah Jazz on July 25 at 4 p.m.) will be on tape delay on television but streamed live on the FOX Sports Go app.
In addition, Fox Sports Sun will be broadcasting all eight of the Heat’s “seeding” games. All of the games will be live and feature a pregame show and postgame analysis.