If I can take a moment to give our station a kudos before I get to the business of the Heat here in China.
Very rarely am I impressed by something on TV anymore. After over 15 years in the business, I thought I'd seen it all. That is until today in Beijing.
Our 11pm newscast happened to be at the same time the Heat were headed to practice. Our crew was on the Heat staff bus, so we decided to try a live shot from inside the bus on the ride over. It's too complicated to explain the technology, but simply put, the live report worked.
To think, we can send you a live picture, with good quality, from inside of a moving bus in Beijing, China is pretty insane to me. Again, kudos to our station for showing the commitment and guts to pull that off. It's probably the coolest thing I've ever done in the business.
Okay, now on to the basketball.
Today was the first day that Chinese media was allowed into practice and it seemed like the NBA Finals all over again. The only difference is this was media only from Asia.
All the players were surrounded by dozens of media members and it was a wild scene. It was me and Joe Goodman of the Miami Herald representing the American journalists, so we were outnumbered about 100.
Joking aside, it was great to see all the attention, and the players seemed to enjoy it. Like Erik Spoesltra said before practice, this is all positive attention. The people of China have a real passion for the purity of the game and the stars that make up the NBA.
Practice wrapped up about 2pm local time here in Beijing. Now it's off to a huge event for Dwyane Wade's sneaker launch. It's a Chinese company, so it's a very big deal here.
I'll give you all the details and highlights after it's all done. Talk soon from Beijing.