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'Heat Nation ain't going anywhere': Spoelstra addresses crowd as Miami holds open scrimmage

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MIAMI — The new Eastern Conference championship banner was already swaying. Dwyane Wade got MVP chants from fans again. Former rivals like Danny Granger and Luol Deng were warmly welcomed.

PHOTO: Two fans wait for the start of the Miami Heat's Red, White, and Pink basketball scrimmage Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Two fans wait for the start of the Miami Heat's Red, White, and Pink basketball scrimmage Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

With that, the new chapter of Miami Heat basketball went on public display for the first time Wednesday night.

The Heat held their annual open scrimmage for fans, simulating a game and combining the program with a tribute to breast cancer survivors. There was nary a mention of LeBron James, who left Miami for Cleveland as a free agent over the summer.

Miami and Cleveland will play a preseason matchup in Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 11.

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