The Miami Heat ain't cheap.
To reach, and ultimately conquer, the NBA Finals for a second consecutive year and secure the third title in franchise history, El Heat had to spend roughly $84 million on player salaries, the fourth largest amount in professional basketball.
But when the billionaire-owned Heat waltzed into Story Nightclub this past Thursday to celebrate the team's victory, club owner David Grutman picked up the team's $100,000 bar tab.
"I'm not going to charge the Heat," Grutman told ESPN.
The team ordered 100 bottles and three Jeroboams (double magnum) of Dom Perignon, which Grutman retails at his nightclubs for $850 and $5,000 respectively. Mere scraps compared to 2012's championship bar tab.
After the Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder last year, LeBron, Wade, Bosh, and their basketball brethren racked up a $200,000 bill at LIV that included a $90,000 bottle of Nebuchadnezzar of Armand de Brignac champagne. It cost the Heat $0.
However, Grutman won't comp every champion that enters his club.
After beating the Heat at home in 2011, the Dallas Mavericks headed to LIV. Though welcomed at the club, team owner Mark Cuban was forced to pay full price for his $90,000 bottle of bubbly.
Good thing he's Mark Cuban.
"We were in the back because [Cuban's] credit card was denied, Grutman recalled for ESPN. "So he called up the people at the Centurion Card and said, 'This is Mark Cuban. We just won the championship. Can I please spend some money?"
Perhaps if Cuban buys the Miami Marlins, Grutman'll take care of the next round.
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