Heat, Spoelstra look at camp as extension of last season

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first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Heat opened training camp on Tuesday with players who accounted for 98 percent of their scoring, 98 percent of their assists and 97 percent of their rebounding from last season. And keeping the same team means that those players, by now, have heard just about every speech and seen just about every trick in the Heat book.Hence, the challenge for Spoelstra this season: Keeping the message and the approach fresh.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I look back on it now and I don’t even know how I prepared for my first training camp,” Spoelstra said after the first practice of the season at Florida Atlantic University. “With this group, this probably felt more like a practice and an extension of last year’s playoff prep because we had so many familiar faces. So that was nice.”Wade was back in Heat camp for the first time since 2015, the 16-year veteran who was with Chicago for camp two years ago and Cleveland last year rising at 5 a.m. and partaking in a yoga session before reporting to the last first practice of his career. Every Heat player besides James Johnson and Dion Waiters, both rehabbing, participated in full-contact portions of the workout. And there was even some live 5-on-5 scrimmaging, an intense tone getting set from the outset. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title There is one obvious difference to Spoelstra’s approach already this season.It’s the first that he’s starting as a dad.Santiago Ray Spoelstra, the first child for Erik and Nikki Spoelstra, was born in March. Fatherhood has changed the Heat coach already, something that’s proven in any number of ways — including an increased coffee intake. Miami’s first three preseason games are at San Antonio, Charlotte and Washington, but the team is going home for about a day and a half between the Hornets and Wizards games.There’s a lot of reasons for breaking up that trip. Family time is most definitely one of them.“It’s been a gamechanger for my wife and I,” Spoelstra said. “He’s been a joy, something that I didn’t necessarily know was going to happen in my life 10 or 15 years ago when I was so deep in the woods in this profession. But I’m so thrilled that we have this opportunity to grow with him.”Spoelstra’s focus is broader now that he’s a dad, but his intensity on the court isn’t going to change.The second-longest current tenured coach in the NBA, behind only San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, Spoelstra is going into his 11th season as Heat coach. Among coaches with at least 200 games, he has the 16th-best winning percentage in NBA history and sometime this season he’ll notch career win No. 500 — a level only 31 others have reached.“Since I’ve been here Spo’s done an unbelievable job of motivating us,” Heat guard Wayne Ellington said. “He’s going to have something to give guys the chills and get guys going. He does a great job of that all year long.” MOST READ Lakers loving LeBron’s leadership in 1st practice together Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Great first day,” Wade said.So the roster didn’t really change from the end of last season — at least, not yet, with the Heat still one of the teams involved in pursuing Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler on the trade market. And some part of the Heat DNA aren’t going to change on Spoelstra’s watch either, with the first practice of the year running over two hours as a precursor to two-a-days coming on Wednesday and Thursday.But players know that Spoelstra will find ways to change some things.And it should be noted that they aren’t lobbying him to go soft on them, either.“I think Spo’s doing an amazing job,” Heat point guard Goran Dragic said. “He knows this team 100 percent, what they can do and what they cannot do. Maybe this year he needs to be a little bit rough with us, put more pressure on us. As professionals, we need to embrace that and do what’s good for you and for the team. No excuses. Last year, I think we had too many of those.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra speaks during media day at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)BOCA RATON, Fla. — Part of Miami coach Erik Spoelstra’s annual mandate to players, whether a 16-year veteran like Dwyane Wade or a second-year guy like Bam Adebayo, is to evolve.Spoelstra expects the same from himself.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


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first_imgPeter CaseyA DONEGAL-based businessman says the county is falling behind because of its dreadful internet connections.Dragon’s Den star Peter Casey says he couldn’t do international video interviews from his Inishowen recruitment company base – because they couldn’t guarantee the connection.He said it was 2010 before we got anything consistently better than dial-up – and today, while a major provider offers a fibre optic system capable of 50 Mbps (megabits per second), “by the time it gets to our copper-wire “last mile”, it’s reduced to 6.5 Mbps down and just .5 up – far behind just about any internet-intensive businesses elsewhere on the planet.” Said Casey: “We have recently invested in cutting-edge technology that will allow us to conduct live interviews with anyone on the planet.“However, we won’t be able to use it in our Irish HQ (in Lisfannon) with its current connectivity unless we want to create a very bad impression with people that we want to hire for our clients.“This also reflects badly on our reputation as a high quality provider.“I grew up in Derry and came to know and love Donegal from a very young age. “I’ve invested my money, mind, heart and sweat here. My business is here. Although it’s a business that depends more than many on digital connectivity, it is still here.“But the digital infrastructure the Government has promised us for a long time now is not. And that, for me, is a major problem.”He said Dubliners on cable can get internet connections 50 times faster, complaining: “The democratic proposition that the internet gives everyone an equal opportunity to access information, education, and commercial opportunity is a myth.“Internet access depends as much on physical space as it does on cyberspace. The best speeds are delivered by fibre or cable. Live at any distance from urban Ireland, and you won’t get anything approaching the fastest service.“Rural Ireland is on the wrong side of a vast digital divide. On the right side is well-connected continental Europe as well as urban Ireland. Those of us in the country? We’re a world away from both places. A third world away, in fact. “Take a look at the amount of empty business premises in the typical village or town these days.“We cannot let this go on. A recent World Bank study found that for every 10-percentage-point increase in the penetration of broadband there is an increase of 1.3 percentage points in economic growth.“Broadband is essential to business and very good for any country. If only the cities have it, the countryside suffers economically, culturally, and politically. Disconnected, lovely towns and quaint villages become places to leave.“We are always boasting about our highly educated work force, but there is not much point in training people if they cannot communicate with each other and the rest of the world. “This digital inequality between urban and rural communities is making the economic inequality between these regions even greater.”In a weekend article Casey warned: “Quality, high-speed broadband is a necessity rather than a privilege in today’s society, and should be available in all areas, not just the largest.“Otherwise, we are in danger of creating fast Ireland and slow Ireland, the latter seeing areas such as Donegal continuing to slide to the bottom of the economic table.”DONEGAL SLIDING TO BOTTOM OF ECONOMIC PILE BECAUSE OF TERRIBLE INTERNET, WARNS DRAGON’S DEN STAR was last modified: August 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranaDragon’s DeninternetLisfannonPeter Caseylast_img read more