Missing players revealed: Bam Adebayo, Kendrick Nunn away from Heat as Disney practices open

Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel on

Published in Basketball

The Miami Heat held their first team workout since mid-March on Friday, with the session coming in the absences of center Bam Adebayo and guard Kendrick Nunn.

Coach Erik Spoelstra declined to say which players were with the team for the session on a makeshift court in a ballroom at Disney World, but guard Goran Dragic noted in his post-practice comments, "Hopefully Bam can come and K-Nunn, and we can be a whole team and make some damage."

The Heat had three players test positive in advance of their Wednesday departure for the "bubble" type of setting at Disney, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. Forward Derrick Jones Jr., who had allowed for the release of his name after a positive COVID-19 test, traveled with the team.

The Heat also were without two others who tested positive, declining to release those players' name, citing medical privacy rules.

Even while not whole, the Heat nonetheless were wholly eager to get back to the business of basketball.

That process began Friday, when, for the first time since the NBA's March 11 shutdown Spoelstra's team resumed workouts as a group.


"We didn't have every single player, but every player who was not there had an excuse," Spoelstra said in a post-practice video conference. "I can't comment on who or what."

Dragic said the goal is a full team eventually again at work together.

"Some guys are not here," he said during his video conference. "We're eager, expecting them to come, hopefully be healthy, so we can start practicing together."

Those who were there were eager to get back to work.


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