We've only been talking for three minutes but it becomes crystal clear to me that Air Force Staff Sergeant Jason Alberti is a Miami HEAT superfan -- unlike any other I've ever encountered in my 14 seasons working in the NBA.
The Miami Heat hosted a Jewish heritage night at the basketball team's Dec. 12 game at American Airlines Arena, with tens of thousands in attendance. How odd, I thought, to celebrate Hanukkah in a sports arena, given that the concept of sports is emblematic of Greek culture.
One would assume that 31 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3 steals while shooting 60 percent from behind the arc and 55 percent from the floor could seal the deal for the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat.
Maybe it was their dominating Finals win over the Oklahoma City Thunder last June. Maybe it was the offseason addition of Ray Allen. Whatever the reason, the vitriol normally reserved for third world dictators that has engulfed the Miami Heat over the past two years seems to be evaporating.
We are just over a month into the regular season and Ray Allen already has three game-winning shots and looks as fresh as ever.
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Much like Durant, Murray will try to use his heartwrenching second place finish to motivate him to go all the way the next time around. And the fans, who won't soon forget it, will definitely be behind him.
Raptors fans will cheer for you anyway, but signing in Toronto would give them the chance to cheer for you in person 41 games a year instead of once or twice.
Bruce Banner, too, was the best in his field. Like LeBron James, he appeared to have no equal. Both men were overly confident in their abilities, and this confidence is what ultimately led to fateful decisions by each, decisions which would have lasting ramifications.
Miami has more work to be done to realize its vision as a world-class city: stimulating economic development, enhancing access to public transit, and increasing quality of life for its residents and visitors.
The media tends to portray Miami as a city plagued by many ills. A city with a low quality of life. A city that you visit in the winter, but not a city where you want to live. But teams like the Heat dispel that notion entirely.
However, take a more careful look at the past few seasons of LeBron. On paper, at least, he has actually done a lot of the things we claim we want our sports heroes to do.
As I was watching the Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma Thunders, I couldn't hep but draw the parallels between the Heat winning and the President's DREAMer policy announcement.
Twenty years from now, 'The Decision' will be a but a blip on the radar screen of LeBron's image in my mind. This is the beginning of his greatness. A greatness that will begin to retroactively erase his grave 2010 error.
I'm glad LeBron James got his ring. Now can we just go on with our lives and invest in something meaningful like job creation?
The planet's best player though, now has his first world championship, and he's done so at 27 years old; or to be exact, one year younger than when the incomparable Michael Jordan captured his first ring with the Bulls in 1991.