The Heat is On… Like REALLY ON!! Harlem Shake Style!
I’ll admit Miami is a city full of fair-weather and bandwagon fans. There are always exceptions to the rule, of course, but for the most part Miami professional sports will only get as much attention as the victories that precede them. Unlike cities with an incredible winning legacy like the Lakers, Knicks, Celtics, and Bulls, the fans of Miami sports will only show up only if the teams are winning. Be it the Dolphins, Panthers, Marlins (which is getting a lot of collective hate right now) or the Heat. I won’t go as far as saying that we’re hypocrites (others might though) but we definitely are influenced by the moment and the now.
With the addition of Ray Allen during the off-season and Chris Anderson a few weeks ago, the 2012 NBA champs are now on a tear that is so much more than a winning streak and it certainly looks like we’re on our way to winning back-to-back titles. Here’s the thing: the Miami Heat has this amazing chemistry and trust on and off the court that is transcending multiple mediums. They are going for their 13th win in a row tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies who also currently have an 8-game winning streak. Will they win every game in the remainder of the season? Realistically, probably not, but this team certainly looks unstoppable in every sense of the word in the immediate future. Recently, I remember hearing interviews with Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard. Presumably they don’t talk much off the court and now they sound like a couple of 7th Grade girls with he-said she-said bickering going on. Look at how the Lakers are doing… they probably won’t even make the playoffs this season.
Normally at a Miami Heat game, if you manage to walk into the arena a half hour before tip-off, you’ll be in a mostly empty arena. Why? It’s Miami. We’re on this thing called “Cuban Time.” It’s a blessing and a curse. Basically it’s an inherit cultural coding to arrive late to things. But in regards to that and in addition to all the pressure LeBron was receiving regarding his decision to not participate in the dunk contest, now several members of the Heat team (including LeBron) participate in this pre-game warmup that looks like a mini dunk contest. It’s become so popular, in fact, that heat.com will be doing live streams of the warmup from now on.
And just so that you can see how much fun the team has in addition to their hard work, they released a Harlem Shake video that is absolutely hilarious. Check this out and try not to laugh.