"You only have these type of opportunities so often," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "You want to take advantage of it. This is the preseason. We understand the big picture. It's a great program that the NBA runs when you have an opportunity to play overseas. Our last trip was tremendous when we went to Europe. Great team building, and you get to see another part of the world and do it together." The Heat played games in France and England during the 2008 preseason against the Nets, who then called New Jersey home. Miami left on Saturday for Atlanta, played the Hawks there in the preseason opener for both teams on Sunday afternoon, then boarded a charter for the flight to Beijing, one that lasted a little more than 14 hours. local time. Apparently, he forgot to account for the time difference halfway around the world tweeting that he slept for about 11 hours on the plane, meaning he was rested and refreshed around what would have figured to be bedtime in China. "I ain't gettin no sleep tonight," Chalmers wrote. Photos posted to social media sites by the team showed Chalmers was just fine when he left the team hotel for the buses. Later Tuesday, the Heat were planning to take about six hours to visit the Great Wall. "We're looking forward to the opportunity," Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. "I think as an organization, as players individually, once we get over there it will be a great opportunity to continue to grow our game." Wade did not play in Atlanta on Sunday as he continues recovering from offseason knee surgery. He is hopeful of playing at least once in China, and went for a late night workout after the plane landed Monday night. He remembers what those Nets Heat games were like in Europe four years ago, and said the element of facing the same team twice in the span of a few days helps raise the competitive bar a bit, even in an exhibition. "The second one was a little bit more of a grind out game, where you really wanted to win," Wade said. "The first game will be fun and will give the fans a show. The second one's going to be a little more intense. Guys will want to get at it and try to win. No doubt, you need some competitive situations. You need to be pushed, you need to feel fatigued, all those things." It would seem like he's ready for his preseason debut. Another photo released by the Heat on Tuesday morning showed Wade dunking in practice a sign that his knee is just fine. The NBA allows teams that are traveling internationally during the preseason to open camp a few days earlier than everyone else, which Spoelstra said was helpful. Sure, it's a logistical challenge, but Spoelstra isn't worried. "There's a lot of good things about trips like this with the NBA, and that's why we're looking forward to it," Spoelstra said. "If we didn't have this training camp I'd be thinking that this is a tough thing, a lot of distractions and so forth. But we've had a full training camp. Now we get to go away, together, and spend an inordinate amount of time around each other in a place that's a little bit out of our comfort zone. That usually is good for team building." Those meals might create a team memory or two as well. Chinese culinary options can seem unique even though some on the trip are quick to point out there are American fast food restaurants all over Beijing. But for those with more adventurous palates, some unusual choices can be had. "I'm sure we're going to eat some funky meals where we can all say, 'Oh, that was nasty,'" said Heat forward Shane Battier, who has endorsed the Chinese shoe brand Peak since 2006. "Those experiences are good. And for guys who have never been to China before, it'll be fun to see their reaction. And those things, I think, can build a team." 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When one of the Coke heirs ended his marriage to his wife, she demanded some of his great grandfather's (the founder of Coca Cola) original notes as part of her settlement. The company had to get involved and put a stop to it out of fear the notes could contain information on the formula. Only two Coke executives know it. Urban legend says they each only know half, but that's false that part was invented for an old ad campaign. The original copy of the formula is kept in an undisclosed SunTrust Bank in Atlanta. To keep SunTrust on the side, Coke gave them some 48.3 million shares of stock as well as having executives from each company sit on the other's board of directors. The company has policies surrounding the secret that range from the paranoid (the two executives who knew the formula could not fly on the same plane) to the bizarre (no one could view the formula without God, Jesus and Elvis present or something to that extent). All of this is pointless in the end. Coca Cola still derives some of its flavor from the coca plant; the same place that cocaine comes from. Due to the obvious drug related issues that would arise from importing lots of coca plant into America legally, only one company has government permission to do it. That company is Coca Cola. So even if someone broke into the bank and managed to take the formula, they would never be able to produce an exact Coke rip off. And if another company did somehow get permission to import coca, hell, there is at least one better way to make money with it. The secret KFC recipe dates back to the 1930s when Harland Sanders served chicken to people who stopped at his gas station in North Corbin, Kentucky. It was an amazing success. And while he never joined the military, in 1936, he was given the title of honorary Kentucky Colonel by the governor in recognition of his contribution to the state's cuisine. Other contributions to Kentucky's cuisine. Eventually, Sanders expanded his restaurant into a chain. While KFC has diversified its menu over the years, the main thing that sets the restaurant apart is still its special blend of 11 herbs and spices. And boy do they know it. As with Coke, only two executives have access to the recipe for KFC's 11 herbs and spices. Man, wouldn't it be weird if it was the same two guys? The recipe is at KFC's headquarters. But unless you are Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible, you have no chance of getting it. We'll let security expert Bo Dietl speak for himself: "We fortified the ceiling and the floor around here with concrete bricks two feet thick," Dietl said. "We put in motion sensors also CCTV that's hooked up to security downstairs. They have 24/7 armed guys downstairs, so in the amount of 30 seconds you'll have somebody up here. Once in here, you have to have two people with two keys and two different PIN numbers, and that's what you have to have. This is chicken we're talking about. CHICKEN! Fast food chicken. See, we're going to share a little secret with you guys who're risking your lives to protect that recipe: no one eats at KFC because they have the best chicken in the world. People eat it because it's a pain in the ass to make at home and the line was too long at Popeye's. 5. The Location of Oliver Cromwell's Head Oliver Cromwell an Englishman from the 1600s who pretty much singlehandedly ended the monarchy and took over ruling the country himself. After he died of natural causes and the monarchy was restored, King Charles II ordered his body dug up so it could be "killed" again. Because why let God getting there first stand in the way of your revenge? After hanging from a scaffold for over 12 hours (hey, if you are going to kill someone who's already dead you need to put in the extra effort) the body was cut down and the head placed on a spike. Eventually it fell off and was passed around museums and private collectors. Yes, apparently there are collectors of decapitated heads. Their conventions must be awesome. When the last owner, who sometimes showed the head to school children, died in 1957, his son decided not to continue the illustrious family tradition of being a head collecting weirdo. He tried to give it a proper burial, but it took him over three years to find a place that would accept it. Why? Because even 300 years after Cromwell died, there was a very real fear that royalists, who should really just let it fucking go already, would dig up the head and do unspeakable things to it. Let your imagination run wild. Seem a little paranoid? Only 60 years before, a proposed statue of Cromwell led to fierce debate in Parliament and the threat of riots. Finally, the college Cromwell had attended for one year decided to take their chances with the damn head. Two professors at Cambridge University's Sidney Sussex college. Only a small group of people was present at the internment. There is no marker, only a plaque on a wall saying that the head was buried "nearby." Worrying even this wasn't super secret enough, there was no announcement of the burial for another two years. Since then, only a handful of people other than the original group have known the location. The currently accepted system is that when a clued up professor retires he or she tells another professor precisely where the head is located. Everyone knows that if they should ever let the location slip, somebody's going to be rubbing that skull in dog poop within the hour. Or at least posing it in some kind of ridiculous hat. Air Jordan 7 Retro Orion 2011,"Don't ever tell anyone how much fun it is to cover the NBA. If others in your office find out, they'll all try to get your job." Dick Motta's advice to me 30 years ago. I've loved the NBA since Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain faced off in the finals. I've covered three different teams Mavericks, Bulls and Wizards and had the time of my life doing it. I especially love our NBA team. The Rockets do things right. It's big things like the arena and small things like the uniforms and logo. It's an owner, Leslie Alexander, who might be the model for every other in professional sports. He hires competent people and gives them the resources and freedom to do their job. It's a team president, Tad Brown, who has led the way in making Toyota Center a great place to watch basketball. It's a general manager, Daryl Morey, who will one day make the Rockets great again. This is a great day. I've missed the NBA terribly and am thrilled the owners and players finally have struck a deal. We're a month away from seeing the Rockets back at Toyota Center. In the end, the owners got the rollbacks they said they needed, and if the new deal evens the playing field, then this delay was worth it. The Rockets have some hard decisions to make. They're going all out for free agent center Nene. He's 29 years old and coming off a season in which he averaged 14.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Nene is 6 11, 250 pounds, and Morey believes putting him in a lineup with Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin would give the Rockets three to build around. If the Morey doesn't get him, they could again be fighting for the eighth seed, far from being a team capable of winning in the playoffs. They'd be entertaining and all that, but they wouldn't be where Leslie Alexander wants them to be. That's where the tough decision comes in. If they can't land an impact player in free agency, is it time to rebuild and position themselves for Anthony Davis or Andre Drummond or another high draft pick next summer? Alexander has resisted rebuilding, instead urging Morey to keep adding and to keep the Rockets as competitive as possible. Morey has done a very good job acquiring talent, but not Kobe Bryant type talent. As the last 2 3 years have played out, the Rockets have become more and more convinced that the draft is the best way to acquire those guys. At least we won't have to wait long for answers. Free agency is expected to begin around December 9, with the regular season beginning December 25. This is a new chapter for the Rockets, with Kevin McHale (94 games) taking over for Rick Adelman (1,561 games). This is also the first off season Morey hasn't been limited by the contracts of either T Mac, Yao or both. No matter how it plays out, we're finally going to see the best athletes on earth doing their thing. I can't wait. Terrible. The only long term center solution available in free agency is Marc Gasol. Nene is injury prone, not a true center, and most importantly will command far too much money. There is no way the Rockets are going to go out of their way to bring in a risky expensive free agent. They have positioned themselves incredibly well financially and one bad move could be damaging to their flexibility. Gasol will command 5 years 8 mil. Nene is a 4 year 12 per player. They are the ONLY two free agent options at center. It one of them or bring back chuck and play him at the 5 and continue the Thabeet and Jordan hill experiment. The only way they get Nene is for a bargain and if they unload several young players. The good thing is there is 5 6 teams top that will sign a center free agent. Rockets have the most money and best team of those 6 so they will get who they want. But I honestly be surprised if that key pick up is a 30 year old 6 10 power forward whose missed 20% of his career. I COMPLETELY agree with Les direction to keep the nucleus of this team and try to add the part(GOOD REBOUNDING/LANE CLOGGING CENTER). It looks like EVERYONE forgot this team lead the NBA in assists and fewest turnovers, and had it not been for them being in one of the strongest division ever they would have made it to the playoffs essentially without the ability to get second chance shots.
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