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Miami Heat's Erik Spoelstra Taking An `Open-Minded' Approach To This Season

Spoelstra says the Heat are beginning with a 'blank sheet of paper'

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra refuses to believe there is only one blueprint to NBA success. 

Last year the Heat used a strategy that allowed them to earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference and make the conference finals. Spoelstra has erased all that and is ready to start anew. 

"I think of the most important things that we all have to think is we all have to start with a blank sheet of paper and be open to how guys can be different," Spoelstra said. "Rhythm can be different based on certain combinations. I don't want to assume."

The Heat, who opened training camp Tuesday in the Bahamas, return all but one rotation player (P.J. Tucker) from last year. The only new addition is rookie Nikola Jovic. The Heat say they are "ready to run it back," but expect some new wrinkles.  

"Each year is different," Spoelstra said. "Last year was last year. Even though we're bringing the majority of the guys back, I do want to be open-minded to how to be different and hopefully better."  


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