The NBA lockout might have prevented the Miami Heat from returning to the Hurlburt Field Air Force installation for training camp, but Heat forward Mike Miller has found another way to make an impression with the military.
Miller is one of nine NBA players who have committed to a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour Oct. 23-28 in Hawaii.
The tour is scheduled to include visits to multiple military bases, two youth clinics and time with military families.
Also committing to the “Hoops for Troops” tour are Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson, Hawks center Al Horford, Charlotte Bobcats guard D.J. Augustin, Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans, Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee, New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez and Phoenix Suns center Robin Lopez.
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The Heat had been scheduled for three exhibition games during that timeframe, but those games, as well as the first two weeks of the regular season, were canceled due to the NBA’s labor issues.
Miller and Heat teammates LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh held their training camp at Hurlburt Field in the Florida Panhandle last year, with considerations given to a return before the lockout halted league operations.
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