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Miami Heat in Tampa, Not Playing Hoops -- Game Cancelled

Heattampa The Miami Heat are in a place usually its hockey cousins visit quite frequently.

Tonight's preseason game between the Heat and the Orlando Van Gundys was supposed to be held at the Forum in downtown Tampa -- the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Only the game has been cancelled because the court is said to be unsafe.

During today's morning skate, err, shootaround, a number of Orlando players -- and Stan Van Gundy -- complained about condensation on the court. They said it was slippery and some suggested it was unsafe for NBA players to compete on.

According to an arena spokesman, the slippery court had nothing to do with the ice beneath it but to a rouge cleaning agent.

"We believe an improper cleaning agent was previously applied to the floor,"  Bill Wickett said. "We've worked throughout the day utilizing a vinegar and water solution to remove that cleaning agent."

-- Said Van Gundy this morning: "The court's not playable in the condition it's in right now. We're not going to put people out there to get hurt."

-- Said Vince Carter: "It's like playing on ice right now. Literally.''

-- The Heat didn't bother shooting around. They did a walkthrough in their hotel instead.

-- At least the Magic don't have to go far to get back home. I guess the Heat don't, either.

-- I'm sure those NBA players are going to enjoy that bus ride back to Orlando. Love that I-4 traffic. Maybe they will stop in Lakeland.