The Heat Love Guns

7 10 2010

The Miami Heat mean business this season, what with their three superstars and army of veteran role players who may or may not actually be able to help a playoff team. They’re in search of nothing less than a championship this season and will do whatever it takes to get there.

Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra wanted to have the team start things out with the right tone, so they brought their team to Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle from September 28 to October 3 to show the Heat a thing or two about being tough. There’s no better place to do that than with the men and women of our nation’s armed forces.

Upon its announcement, Spoelstra said the team would be training at those locations to get away from the media circus and give back to those who serve our country. That’s well said, Spo, although Miami haters likely view it as the Heat wrapping themselves in the flag and deflecting all criticism. As one of our nation’s great leaders once said, you can’t please all the people all the time.

Of course, the biggest takeaway from the week for the Heat might have been something quite different than honor and togetherness and the joy of team-building. As seen in the video above, they got to watch people shoot guns at old cars and other random targets. From the looks of this clip, it was really awesome.

I’m not sure what the point of this demonstration was. Perhaps the Miami braintrust wanted to show their players the power of accurate shooting. Maybe Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are working on completing the Bad Boys trilogy and wanted to see quality marksmanship firsthand to better disappear into their roles. More likely, though, Riley and Spoelstra wanted to thank their players for taking a week away from the South Beach club scene. It’s a big sacrifice that deserves special commendation.

There are many great parts to this video. LeBron is clearly the biggest fan of guns, or at least the most vocal. For proof, witness his joking and indiscriminate whooping.

However, my favorite part is probably the last bit, when Wade signs a shot-up piece of glass. That is truly a keepsake that none of these servicemen will ever forget.

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One response

8 10 2010
Dave M

The shooting PSAs are all well and good but they might think about taking some time to hone on-court unity. I watched the real training camp piece and they looked disjointed and banged up. On second thought, nevermind. Just wing it. It’ll be fine.

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