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Heat arrive in China for pre-season games

AP, MIAMI

It would seem like he is ready for his preseason debut. Another photograph released by the Heat yesterday morning showed Wade dunking in practice — a sign that his knee is just fine.

The NBA allows teams that are traveling internationally during the pre-season to open camp a few days earlier than everyone else, which Spoelstra said was helpful.

Sure, it is a logistical challenge, but Spoelstra is not worried.

“There’s a lot of good things about trips like this with the NBA, and that’s why we’re looking forward to it,” Spoelstra said. “If we didn’t have this training camp, I’d be thinking that this is a tough thing, a lot of distractions and so forth, but we’ve had a full training camp. Now we get to go away, together, and spend an inordinate amount of time around each other in a place that’s a little bit out of our comfort zone. That usually is good for team-building.”

Those meals might create a team memory or two as well.

Chinese culinary options can seem unique — even though some on the trip are quick to point out there are US fast-food restaurants all over Beijing. However, for those with more adventurous palates, some unusual choices can be had.

“I’m sure we’re going to eat some funky meals where we can all say: ‘Oh, that was nasty,’” said Heat forward Shane Battier, who has endorsed the Chinese shoe brand Peak since 2006. “Those experiences are good. And for guys who have never been to China before, it’ll be fun to see their reaction. And those things, I think, can build a team.”

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