Coach Spo used the time to watch some game film and even mentioned he would play catch up on watching some TV shows like Dexter.
Honestly, the hardest part now is adjusting to the time change. We're 12 hours ahead of the eastern time from back home in Miami, so we arrived in Beijing right around 9:30pm local time on Monday night. To our bodies, it's 9:30am on Monday morning. Getting to the hotel now and just falling asleep won't be easy.
About 100 or so die-hard Heat fans were waiting at the airport to catch a glimpse of the Heat. I'm guessing that's a tame welcome compared to what's to come over the next week.
But, it's a must for now for everyone to get some rest. The Heat have their first practice in China bright and early at 9am and then we'll all head straight to a tour of the Great Wall of China.
OCTOBER 7 - 4:00 PM (MIAMI) - I've been on some great assignments over the years at Local 10, but I'm not even sure the time I spent four days at Rio's "Carnival" can top this. I'm traveling with the Miami Heat on their goodwill tour to China starting today.
WPLG is proud to be the only local television station covering the team's trip to the Far East. Not only are we heading to China, but we're riding on the team's charter flight to bring you the story every step of the way.
Our crew begins the journey with the team now in Atlanta, the site of the Heat's first exhibition game. From Atlanta we fly to Beijing. Once in China's capital, we'll head with the team on a tour of the Great Wall of China and numerous team events over the course of three days.
Of course, we can't forget the basketball. Our crew will be at all the practices and at the Heat's game against the Los Angeles Clippers on October 11th.
Following that game, we'll immediately jump on the charter flight and travel to Shanghai for the 2nd part of the China experience.
More tours, events and fun are to follow. The trip will be capped off with another exhibition game for the Heat against the Clippers on October 14th in Shanghai.
You may be asking, why China? Well, this trip will showcase the real power and fan support of the defending NBA champs. The Chinese market is the biggest international market for the NBA, and few teams garner more attention and popularity than the Heat.
Many of the players, including LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, have made numerous trips to China to promote the game. This will just be an extension of that. It's another chance to continue to grow the Heat's appeal globally.
Our plan is to provide daily reports during our newscasts from China. Trust me, this is an ambitious venture for any station. Reporting live and sending reports daily from the other side of the world isn't easy, but we're committed to covering the story on TV, social media and our website, www.local10.com.
We have an even bigger goal in mind. On Friday, October 26th at 9 p.m., we'll be airing a special one-hour show called "The Miami Heat in China."
This program will allow you to experience the entire trip for the Heat. We'll have great access to the team and make you almost feel like you were there. From the basketball, to the history and the culture of China, we'll cover it all.
Needless to say, we're excited and thankful the Heat and the NBA will allow us to be part of this historic trip for the franchise.
Make sure to watch Local 10 daily beginning early next week for our coverage. You'll also get to see plenty of pictures and stories we'll post on our Facebook page and website. Finally, you can follow me on Twitter @willmanso to get daily blog updates and photos.
Now it's time to get to China. I've got a handful of books and movies ready for the 15 hour flight. We'll talk from the other side of the world.