One mini Miami Heat fan wore his loyalty on his sleeve Monday, donning a flawless "Birdman" costume to cheer on his team as they took on the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Bill Simmons, Grantland.com's editor-in-chief, and former NBA player Jalen Rose posed with the cleverly-costumed kid in AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami before the game began. "Our favorite Heat fan," Simmons wrote in an Instagram caption of the pic.
The boy, named Gianni Zandri, has made quite a name for himself in recent months for his perfect imitation of the heavily tattooed and mohawk-ed Heat player Chris "Birdman" Andersen. (Andersen, incidentally, did not play Game 4 due to a thigh injury.)
Miami Heat power forward Chris Andersen during a pause in play in the third period in an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
Zandri, who's dubbed himself the "Little Birdman," can even count former basketball stars Shaquille O'Neal and Chris Webber as fans.
Baby BIRDMAN BIRDMAN pic.twitter.com/ld1UnCW8Ft
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) June 9, 2013
— Chris Webber (@realchriswebber) June 18, 2013
Miami bested Indiana with a score of 102-90 Monday. The Heat now lead the series 3-1.