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Heat conditioning report after the first day of camp

Who's was in shape and who was sucking wind the first day of camp? Let's run down the roster ...

LEBRON JAMES
James is going to need about two weeks to get in full game shape. He might have had a second "hell week" with Kevin Durant but, from what I hear, it wasn't nearly as grueling as the first. James earned some much needed rest after last season and the Olympics and he took it last month.

DWYANE WADE
In about as worse shape as he's been entering a training camp and understandably so. Wade has been slow to recover from his knee surgery in early July. Wade didn't do much on Saturday and he'll likely do even less on Sunday.

CHRIS BOSH
Remember when Chris Bosh bulked up for the 2011 training camp? Well, Bosh didn't take that approach this offseason. He's focusing on his speed and athleticism this season and he took that approach coming into camp. He rested his abdominal muscle and is fully healed. And that's all the Heat truly wanted. Bosh is on schedule to be in full-game shape by the third week of camp.

RAY ALLEN
Allen's ankle, which bothered significantly in the 2011 playoffs, is still giving him a little discomfort. He's hopeing the pain goes away completely as the season progresses. He had surgery earlier this summer and there's still some swelling.

MARIO CHALMERS
Healthy for an offseason for the first time in two years, Chalmers took advantage of the opportunity to work on his game and stay in shape. He's ahead of the curve at the start of camp.

UDONIS HASLEM
Good to go. Spoelstra's "warrior poet" is on schedule to be ready for another season. And if he wasn't, he'd never let you know it. Haslem has kept his body lean and he's hoping the hard work will add a few more seasons to his career.

MIKE MILLER
Mike Miller is a myth so far this preseason, as far as I'm concerned. I couldn't find him at media day and he bolted early after practice on Saturday. He rehabbed his back throughout the offseason and will ease cautiously into the season...thanks to the Heat's training staff, of course. If Mike had it his way, he'd be trying to go full speed already.

SHANE BATTIER
In much better shape this preseason than the last, when he partied a little too hard during the lockout. OK, "partying" is a relative term for Battier, but he has been known to enjoy a few cold ones on the lake during the offseason.

JOEL ANTHONY
Looked chiseled as always on Saturday. Conditioning and quickness is most of Anthony's game, so you know he's not going to show up to camp out of shape.

JAMES JONES
The looming competition on the wing kept Jones in shape this offseason. He put up more shots this summer than anyone.

RASHARD LEWIS
According to Spoelstra, Lewis has been "chomping at the bit" for the start of camp. Still, the Heat's training staff is going to use caution and make sure Lewis is fully healthy before allowing him to go at full speed. I watched Lewis practice his three-point shot for about 10 minutes today. At one point, he made about 10 in a row from the top of the key. The guy can still shoot.

TERREL HARRIS
Harris might be in the best shape of any on the team. Just like last season, he'll need every advantage to make the squad.

DEXTER PITTMAN
He's down to 275 pounds. He put in the work this summer and it showed. Now he's just got to make the team.

RODNEY CARNEY
Too many wings on this team for Carney to find a place. Still, he's a tough player who will push the team's veterans and perhaps earn a spot somewhere else.

ROBERT DOZIER
A solid body for training camp purposes. He's a valued player but might not find a place on this loaded team.

MICKELL GLADNESS
The leader out of the gate to earn the team's final roster spot. Gladness has been living in Miami the entire offseason and putting in plenty of work. 

JOSH HARRELLSON
Many assume Harrellson is guaranteed a roster spot. He's not. Still, his big body and soft touch will get a strong look. 

GARRETT TEMPLE
If anyone has a chance to unseat Terrel Harris as the Heat's latest surprise to the roster then it's Temple. He was considered one of the best players in the summer league not on a roster and he's projected to play in the NBA this season. Whether or not that's with the Heat, we'll see.

JARVIS VARNADO
Any chance Varnado had of making the roster likely went out the window when he strained his hamstring last week. Still, the Heat will give him a fair shake. He's a legitimate shot blocker. 

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Remember Norris Cole?

What about Norris Cole??

Ehhhh... he's not on this list

How the heck do you forget Cole? You know,our back-up PG who played a vital role in a few playoff games?

How does a writer at an award winning newspaper misspell hoping? Hopeing(Ray Allen section)? Maybe it's because I don't care for your work, which I detailed to you by email before, but it's inexcusable for you to misspell simple words like that. You can't blame the editors, because it's a blog. You can't say it's a typing error either. Come on bro! If we're stuck with you blogging on our team, at least try to look like you deserve to be.

I agree with Mr. B. Wow! He has to be the worst! By far! Never any good info. Worst Blog EVER!

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