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The Miami Heat have become synonymous with the phrase Heat Culture. A phrase that highlights the professional, hard-working, and well-conditioned state that its players are in. When coming to the Heat every player is expected to buy into these expectations.

The team has a famous conditioning test and frequently tests body-fat percentage. 

“To be admitted to training camp, a player has to run the length of the court 10 times in under a minute. Then two minutes recovery. Then again. Two minutes recovery. Then again. And again. And again,” Brian Windhorst wrote.

Josh Richardson also told reporters about the franchise’s expectations and where conditioning fits into Heat Culture. 

“They call it ‘world-class conditioning,'” Richardson told reporters. “When you get to camp, they expect you at a certain bodyweight, a certain conditioning level, because from day one, you’re hitting the ground running. They have a conditioning test down there that’s not easy, so it’s your first introduction to training camp, honestly, because it’s like a week before.”

One incredible example of what Heat Culture can mean for players is Eddy Curry. 

Eddy Curry on Heat Culture

After being traded from the New York Knicks as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal, Eddy Curry spent some time not on an NBA roster and during that time gained some weight breaching over 400 pounds. However, he worked hard to make the Heat and lost over 100 pounds with the club. The 7-footer got into the best shape of his life and shored up the backup center position for Miami. 

“I had never felt such a duty to be ready,” Curry told DJVlad. “Even if I knew I wasn’t going to play, I knew I had to be ready. Just a duty to stay in shape, a duty to be in the best shape of my life, a duty to sacrifice to the game. It was almost like starting all over again from when I was trying to get to the NBA.”

Part of what has carried Heat Culture on for so many years and different players has been that the team’s stars are expected to give that same effort. Curry spoke about how seeing the big three helped him maintain the same hard work. 

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“You saw LeBron, you saw D-Wade, you saw Chris Bosh, giving everything they had to the game,” Curry said. “I’m not going to be that guy that’s not ready, so yeah, I was in the best shape of my life.”

Udonis Haslem’s Impact on Heat Culture

Another reason you see Heat Culture carry on the way that it has is Udonis Haslem. Haslem has been on the team for 19 seasons. His influence carries on and has a major impact on the team despite him getting many minutes with the Heat. Andre Igoudala, who played for the Heat and was named the Udonis Haslem of the Warriors this season, commented on what Heat Culture did for him and Haslem being an example for it. 

“Me going to Miami and experiencing the Miami Heat culture,” Iguodala said. “That really helped me come back and accept the role I had. I knew I could still be impactful.” 

It’s the example and impact that Haslem still has on the Heat that is why the franchise had representatives sent to pitch him on a return immediately after this year’s free agency window opened. Whether Haslem will come back is uncertain, but the Heat definitely want him back. 

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Tiny African kingdom has skiing as Europe sweats summer heat

BUTHA-BUTHE, Lesotho (AP) — While millions across Europe sweat through a summer of record-breaking heat, they’re skiing in Africa.

Don’t worry. This isn’t another sign of climate change but rather the fascinating anomaly of Lesotho, a tiny mountain kingdom completely surrounded by South Africa. Lesotho has an obscure geographical claim to fame: It’s the only country on Earth where every inch of its territory sits more than 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level.

That gives Lesotho snow in the southern hemiphere’s winters. And while cold winters aren’t rare in southern Africa, snow is and ski resorts are even rarer. At an altitude of 3,000 meters (9,842 feet), Afriski in Lesotho’s Maluti Mountains is Africa’s only operating ski resort south of the equator.

“I’ve never seen snow in my life,” said Kafi Mojapelo, who traveled the short distance from South Africa for a skiing vacation she never thought she’d take. “So, this is a great experience.”

Bafana Nadida, who comes from the sprawling urban township of Soweto in Johannesburg, was delighted with putting ski boots on for the first time. He planned a day of ski lessons, taking pictures and just playing about in the snow.

Skiers and snowboarders lined up to rent the proper gear. Some were given pointers by Hope Ramokotjo, who is from Lesotho and has worked as a self-taught ski and snowboard instructor for 12 years. His wide smile and deep, reassuring voice puts beginners at ease.

“Push your heals out. Don’t pull your shoulders,” Ramokotjo called out to his class of keen yet inexperienced African skiers as they wobbled along on the snow. “Here you go! Nice!”

Afriski’s Kapoko Snow Park is the only freestyle snow park on the continent. Competitors lined up last month for the annual Winter Whip Slopestyle snowboard and ski competition. Sekholo Ramonotsi, a 13-year-old from the Lesotho city of Butha-Buthe who practices regularly at Afriski, won the junior snowboard and ski divisions.

“I would really like to ski in Europe,” he said.

London-born Meka Lebohang Ejindu said he has taught skiing and snowboarding in Austria for more than a decade and this is his first season in the southern hemisphere. He has family roots in Lesotho.

“For a competition like this to happen in southern Africa is so heartwarming,” he said.

Afriski may not be at the level of Europe’s vast Alpine resorts but a love of winter sports is catching.

At Afriski’s Sky Restaurant and Gondola Cafe, happy hour starts at 10 a.m. and skiers and boarders show off their winter fashions and party to house music, beers in hand. Some claim the bar is the highest in Africa, although that’s challenged by the Sani Mountain Lodge, 130 kilometers (80 miles) to the east on the Lesotho-South Africa border.

What no one can dispute is this crowd went skiing in Africa.

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