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LeBron gives a shout out to Akron in first tweet since April 20LeBron broke his social-media blackout on Friday. For the record, he went roughly 73 days without Tweeting. Never mind the two championships, the willpower alone to do that is heroic. Here's LeBron's first tweet since April 20.Upvote Share TweetLeBron James was so good during these NBA Finals that he accomplished something that hadn’t happened since Magic Johnson in 1987. With 177 points, 49 assists and 16 steals through the series’ seven games, LeBron became the first player in 26 years to le…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Jun 21, 2013For the second straight year, a Miami bar owner comped the alcohol on the Miami Heat post-game celebration. David Grutman, who owns Story Nightclub, and LIV, said the players ordered 100 bottles of Dom Perignon and three 3-liter bottles of champagne.Upvote Share TweetThe White House says President Barack Obama has congratulated the Miami Heat's head coach on winning the NBA championship the second year in a row.Upvote Share TweetOn Thursday night, with the Miami Heat having assured their second straight title after three Finals appearances since LeBron James left Cleveland for South Beach, WEWS meteorologist Mark Johnson delivered an entire midsummer weather forecast without us…Upvote Share TweetThe Heat will have their championship parade Monday, and city officials say fans will not be allowed to carry backpacks.Upvote Share Tweet
LeBron James’ Top 15 Clutch NBA Playoff Moments“You either love ‘em, or you hate ‘em” It’s a phrase we use about the greatest and/or most intriguing teams in sports history. We use it because it’s true. The New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Lakers and now — the Miami Heat. That’s the lis…Upvote Share Tweet
The NBA’s ‘Game 7 Micro-Movie’ is a fantastic encapsulation of the last game of the season (Video)I genuinely have very few words for this. The San Antonio Spurs, two different times spread over three nights, were just seconds away from winning the fifth title of the Tim Duncan era. The Miami Heat were just seconds away from failing to follow throug…Upvote Share TweetIt wasn't a glorious Game 7 for Chris Bosh — while the Miami Heat center was a major force defensively with his ability to cover tons of ground, clog passing lanes and make Tim Duncan work in the post, that kind of work is decidedly unglamorous, and ten…Upvote Share TweetThe Heat's road to a repeat NBA title was not easy. And as more challengers emerge, Miami faces questions in its quest for more rings, says Ian Thomsen. They start with Chris Bosh.Upvote Share Tweet
Remembering The 2013 NBA Finals: LeBron’s Greatness, Ginobili’s Struggles & More FloppingThe 2013 NBA Finals was a basketball black hole that captivated every ounce of energy I had. It didn’t let me see anything else. All I saw was LeBron’s block on Tiago Splitter, Danny Green’s shooting barrage in Game 3, Ray Allen’s three-pointer in Game …Upvote Share TweetAfter vanquishing the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals, the Miami Heat had come to the end of a journey that began with a late-September preseason exhibition trip to China by accomplishing exactly what they had set out to do — defend t…Upvote Share Tweet
Danny Green made an appearance at the Heat’s championship celebrationSan Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green was on pace for a potential NBA Finals MVP trophy. Then the final 28.2 seconds of Game 6 happened, and then all of Game 7, and, well ... Green attended a championship party, but it wasn't his own. This is going to set…Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Jun 21, 2013A narrow loss in the Finals will haunt the Spurs, and the team has some decisions to make in the offseason. But that doesn't mean it's time to write them off, writes Chris Mannix.Upvote Share Tweet
Amazing Unedited Behind-The-Scenes Video From Miami’s Locker Room CelebrationEver wondered what the scene was like behind closed doors in a championship team’s locker room? Here’s your chance, courtesy of video from Kabir Khiatani for The Miami Herald. LeBron and D-Wade talk about how unstoppable they are. Juwan Howard and Norri…Upvote Share TweetThe Heat's Game 7 win over the San Antonio Spurs drew the second-most viewers for the NBA Finals on ABC since the network took over the series in 2003.Upvote Share TweetAfter coming off the bench to nail six 3-pointers and help NBA Finals MVP LeBron James lead the Miami Heat to a 95-88 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals to earn the Heat back-to-back NBA championships, veteran forward Sh…Upvote Share Tweet
Miami Fans (And Bandwagoners): Get Your Heat Championship GearIf you don’t have a chance to pick up the LeBron James Nike Championship Pack, don’t worry. The official Miami championship gear is now available at NBAStore.com and the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The adidas Locker Room Champion Tee is …Upvote Share Tweet
Scott Raab is taking last night's result better than we imagined he would: "The Miami Heat, beloveddeadspin.com Jun 21, 2013Scott Raab is taking last night's result better than we imagined he would: "The Miami Heat, beloved of the bath-salt zombies lurking under every overpass from Coconut Grove to Biscayne Bay, heroes to the half-wits who prefer gold to goodness, have …Upvote Share TweetWhen photos first leaked of LeBron‘s “2-Time Champion” sample, most figured they were part of a planned pack that would release should Miami pull off a win in the NBA Finals. After watching LeBron go off for one of the best shooting nights of his career…Upvote Share Tweet
Bill Russell didn’t seem *especially* entertained by Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals (Video)It's late in the third quarter of Game 7 of the NBA Finals, with two teams desperately searching for the extra gear that will push them past the opposition to the NBA championship. The San Antonio Spurs lead the Miami Heat 66-64 with just over two minut…Upvote Share TweetRight after the Miami Heat finished off a 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs in an epic Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals to earn their second consecutive NBA championship, the league's online store put up a cache of title-themed items that eager Heat fan…Upvote Share Tweet
LeBron needed to dominate ... and didCNNSI.com Jun 21, 2013MIAMI -- LeBron James reached up and grabbed a pass intended for Tim Duncan, one generation stealing a championship from another. Twenty-three seconds and only a few doubters remained. James was going to the free-throw line, going to finish off one of t…Upvote Share Tweet
LeBron, Wade, Chalmers and Battier outscore the SpursAs I noted in the earlier post, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Shane Battier and Mario Chalmes combined to outscore the Spurs 92-88. Here's the shot plot for those four players. And now here's the shot plot for everyone else who had at least one attempt for…Upvote Share Tweet
Magical Game 7 ends with Heat earning second straight titleHeat fans, do you realize what you just witnessed? History, pure and simple. I wrote it in the paper and I'll repeat it here on the blog, the 2013 Finals will go down as the most exciting two weeks in South Florida sports history. The Heat's 95-88 victo…Upvote Share Tweet
Miami fans rush toward arena after Heat winnba.com Jun 21, 2013Miami Heat fans swarmed from downtown bars and rushed cheering and screaming into the streets late Thursday after their team won its second straight NBA championship.Upvote Share Tweet
LeBron James rises above all the other great players on the court to lead the Miami Heat to another NBA titleThis was what I heard and what you heard from Jeff Van Gundy on television, second period of Game 7 on Thursday night, a Game 7 that looked and felt as big as any game in the history of the NBA Finals, after Tim Duncan made a three-point play that tied …Upvote Share Tweet
Bosh's Future UncertainJun 21Stephen A. Smith discusses Chris Bosh's contract and his future with the Miami Heat.
Will LeBron Surpass Jordan?Jun 21Numbers Never Lie: Michael Smith explains that LeBron James is on pace to surpass Michael Jordan as the greatest basketball player of all time.
Hard Work Pays Off For LeBron JamesJun 21Brian Windhorst joins "First Take" to discuss the steady improvement in LeBron James' jumps hot that led to his Game 7 performance.
Backpacks Banned From Heat ParadeJun 21The city of Miami will ban fans from carrying backpacks during the Heat parade Monday.
Doc Rivers-to-Los Angeles Clippers talks off again, according to sourcesJun 21The on-again, off-again talks between the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics -- this time regarding Boston coach Doc Rivers -- are off again as far as the Celtics are concerned, according to sources close to the process.
Ian Thomsen: Speculation will abound, but Heat have right formula for a dy…Jun 21MIAMI -- The questions asked of the Heat will be less urgent than if Games 6 or 7 had gone the other way. If the Spurs had generated one more free throw or defensive rebound at the end of Game 6, then the issues facing the Heat would have been laid out …
Ian Thomsen: LeBron's rise leaves Duncan, Spurs haunted by missed chancesJun 21MIAMI -- Tim Duncan hunched over as if he wanted to make time stand still. Or, better, to wind the years back, so that he wouldn't be 37 anymore, and LeBron James wouldn't be 28 and at his peak.