Photos From the 2016 Miami Heat Media Day

The Miami Heat media day was different this year than in years past. Maybe it had to do with Dwyane Wade leaving to Chicago to play with the Bulls. Or maybe it was the fact that right before Heat media day started, Pat Riley announced that Chris Bosh’s career with the Miami Heat was effectively over. Whatever the reason was this year’s Miami Heat media day wasn’t as fun to photograph as in the past.

For me, going to media day was always the highlight of mine for the year. I knew who the players were and it was always fun watching them interact with each other, laughing and cracking jokes. As soon as I made my way to the Miami Heat practice court, I was going through their media guide to figure out the names of these new faces because I didn’t recognize them.

The usual big crowds of media were tempered down this year. Some players had one, maybe two people asking them questions. Known named players like Dion Waiters, Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside and Justise Winslow drew the biggest crowds. I felt bad for these players because they all had to have been tired answering the same questions about the departure of Dwyane Wade and about Chris Bosh’s medical condition.

While some of the players were being interviewed, others were running the gamut of getting their portrait taken by the likes of the local papers, USA Today Sports, the AP and Getty. In years past I would take photos of the players getting their portraits taken and this year was no different. I saw that Al Diaz, photographer for the Miami Herald, had a nice red backdrop for his portraits. So when players made their way to him I would stand to either the side or behind him and grab a few shots while he was getting their official portraits. A lot of the other photographers there did the same as well and the bigger the name of the player, the more photographers came around.

I had a great time at the Miami Heat media day even though the mood was somber and weird. I’m always amazed at the size of these players and when you’re standing next to a guy who is 7 foot and I’m only 5’9″, well you truly understand how big these guys are. Hopefully the Miami Heat can have a decent season and hopefully I can get in to shoot more games and practices this year.

Miami Heat coach, Erik Spoelstra
Miami Heat coach, Erik Spoelstra
Briante Weber chats with the media
Briante Weber chats with the media
Miami Heat Eastern Conference Championship banners
Miami Heat Eastern Conference Championship banners
Miami Heat NBA Championship banners
Miami Heat NBA Championship banners
Wayne Ellington waiting to speak to the media
Wayne Ellington waiting to speak to the media
Miami Heat practice court
Miami Heat practice court
Local media conducting interviews
Local media conducting interviews
Tyler Johnson talks to the media
Tyler Johnson talks to the media
Dion Waiters is surrounded by media
Dion Waiters is surrounded by media
Goran Dragic speaks to the media
Goran Dragic speaks to the media
Dion Waiters poses for his portrait
Dion Waiters poses for his portrait
Tyler Johnson poses for his portrait
Tyler Johnson poses for his portrait
Hassan Whiteside speaks to the media
Hassan Whiteside speaks to the media
Hassan Whiteside sits down for an interview
Hassan Whiteside sits down for an interview
Udonis Haslem addresses the media
Udonis Haslem addresses the media
Goran Dragic poses for his portrait
Goran Dragic poses for his portrait
Udonis Haslem poses for his portrait
Udonis Haslem poses for his portrait
Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic pose together
Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic pose together
Josh Richardson poses
Josh Richardson poses
Josh McRoberts jokes with the media
Josh McRoberts jokes with the media
James Johnson poses for his portrait
James Johnson poses for his portrait
Derrick Williams gets his portrait taken
Derrick Williams gets his portrait taken

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