Renaldo's Ramblings: '305 to My City'


Sports Reporter


SOMETIMES the stars align perfectly.

It’s best not to question these things, we just embrace it and enjoy.

Since LeBron announced “The Decision”, the Miami Heat have had their fair share of these moments - the shot and surrounding events that led to Ray Allen’s three to send game six of the Finals into overtime, the “No Headband” game, and the “My Name is My Name” game complete with the “LeBron Face” in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals when he dropped 45, 15 and five to keep the Heat alive.

The latest act of divine intervention came a week ago with the release of Drake’s sophomore album “Nothing Was The Same,” coinciding with the announcement that the Heat would be holding training camp here at the Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis resort.

Like all rappers, Drake loves Miami - so much so that he literally named a track on NWTS “305 To My City.”

In fact, I would argue that there’s only one demographic that loves the city of Miami more than hip-hop artists, and that group is Bahamians.

The club hopping, bottle popping, Instagram flashing artists of today are nothing compared to a Bahamian family on a summer shopping trip with a mini van, GPS system and a vacation loan.

So for the Bahamas to grasp the opportunity to flip the script and host the biggest attraction in Miami at the same time we all pay homage to Aubz for selling 670,000 units in a week had to be preordained somewhere.

The king of hip hop’s one liners is versatile enough to have lyrics that can be applied anywhere from an after hours spot to Heat training camp.

“305 To My City”

“I get it, I get it. I get it, I get it. I swear that I get it. I get it, I get it. We did it, we did it. We did it, we did it. We so far from finished.”

  • Bahamian Sports Tourism: This had to be the reaction of the Ministry of Tourism’s team and the Atlantis Resort when the Ts were crossed and the Is dotted to give the “go ahead” on this project. I’m impressed by the Imperial Ballroom, they get to host Lebron, D-Wade and Andrew Wiggins all in a two-month span. How many fanbases get to see that? (or reporters get to cover it)

“Drop down, drop-drop.

Stuff is real out here”

  • Heat Index: Over 200 international media have been invited just to hound the Heat over the course of the three-day camp. The amount of media saturation in the Bahamas will be unprecedented. I don’t think we understand how “Heat-centered” the American media is about this team and about LeBron in particular. It’s like if the Bahamian media got to cover the referendum on numbers and the gaming industry every week.

Don’t you ever forget ‘bout your story,

I get it, you did it you did it”

  • Greg Oden’s Redemption Song: Dislaimer-I’m the biggest Portland Trailblazer fan not named Paul Allen so there is absolutely no chance I can ever be objective about Greg Oden. He was supposed to be the face of the franchise. The third piece of the Roy-Aldridge-Oden trio that was the blueprint of Western Conference draft success before Durant-Westbrook-Harden. I’m not going to rehash what happened, it’s still too painful, but I can say that I’m happy to see Oden back in the NBA and with a chance to make an impact in a market where it won’t go unnoticed. I’m hoping that while he’s here Oden becomes the first person to be therapeutically healed using every old Caribbean person’s remedy for everything....soaking in salt water. Just like that, new knees. We really believe beaches have magical powers.

“Twelve months on the lease, that’s a come

up baby don’t you ever forget it “

  • Michael Beasley’s return to the Heat: In the second major move of an active summer, the Heat signed Beasley and reunited the former second overall pick in the 2008 draft with his original team. Beasley is reportedly signed to a non-guaranteed, veteran’s minimum contract, which is basically a low-risk, high reward move for the Heat. After being exiled to Minnesota and Phoenix for the past few years, and attempting to overcome all the off-court issues, playing with a team chasing its third consecutive title is exactly what Beasley needs to re-focus on basketball.

“Your hustle don’t ever go unnoticed”

  • Spo’s Contract Extension: Coach Spoelstra’s rise from video co-ordinator to two time NBA championship coach has been well documented. It should be one of those “This is Why America’s Great” stories people tell at Thanksgiving. Last week Spoelstra and the Heat agreed to a multi-year contract extension that came with a significant raise. Spoelstra has led the Heat to five consecutive playoff berths, three straight trips to the Finals and two championships, making the man Dan Lebatard calls Filipino Jackson deserving of the new contract.

If nothing else emerges from this weekend I just want one thing - the next chapter of the “Show Me Don’t Tweet Me Saga” between D-Wade and Kevin Durant.

Can get Wade to post Twitter and Instagram photos of himself on a Bahamian beach, cradling all three Larry David trophies with the caption “Shown.” Nothing brings the media together like our stars in controversy...and that would be perfect.


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