For fans, watching our beloved Miami Heat stars ride out this unthinkable tragedy right along with us has not only been entertaining but also endearing. In a way, it has actually made us feel even closer to them.
This week the NBA announced that some teams can begin practicing again as soon as May 8. When that happens, Miamians will have a newfound appreciation for their home team. Here are some reasons this quarantine has made us love the Miami Heat even more than we already did.
The pause in action has made us all relive some great memories. In lieu of any new games to broadcast, we've been treated to rebroadcasts of tons of old games. For Heat fans, that includes a bunch of NBA Finals games. If you haven't heard, most of those have gone pretty well for our boys. Watching them again is OK by us, thank you.
A must watch for @MiamiHEAT fans as we hit the final moments of our #HEATRewind replay of the deciding game in 2006 #NBA Finals.— FOX Sports Sun: HEAT (@FOXSportsHEAT) April 26, 2020
Pat Riley recalls every second in detail coming out of the crucial last time out. From the X's and O's to the emotions with @EReidMiamiHEAT. pic.twitter.com/Jsha2tTrYH
Maybe the most fun part has been watching the players relive those moments. This past week, Heat president Pat Riley talked about how much it meant to him to win the title in Miami back in 2006. Speaking to Fox Sports Sun about his daughter finally being old enough to understand the moment actually drew some tears from the Heat's Godfather — something we've rarely seen in his nearly three decades with the team.
Heat center Meyers Leonard continues his streak of being awesome. We already knew Meyers Leonard and his wife, Elle, were incredible assets to the community. I mean, they have a tradition of skipping Christmas presents and adopting families at the Miami Cancer Institute instead. Outside of their important work in the community, though, they're a blast to follow on social media.
Wow ?????? We officially raised over $125,000 for COVID-19 relief and have recently surpassed $175,000 (my goal, just not updated yet) in route to feed over 1 million people in the month of April due to Coronavirus. Thank you to everyone who has supported in some way. ?????????????? pic.twitter.com/aZi4opoo2R— Meyers Leonard (@MeyersLeonard) April 24, 2020
Over the past month, the Leonards have upped their game. By playing video games and dyeing his hair to raise money, Meyers has found a variety of ways to make a difference. It makes you proud to say he plays for the Miami Heat.
Bam Adebayo's mood thread. Sometimes words aren't needed. Heat center Bam Adebayo is going on his 50th entry in a thread that simply announces his current mood. Most are predictably related to being bored. Some pertain to losing his mind. Others have an apparent meaning only Bam understands. Whatever the case, we're here for the laughs at the all-star center's bored-ass expense.
Mood Pt. 30 pic.twitter.com/pdysPxX1Vk— 13am Adebayo???? (@Bam1of1) April 11, 2020
The Miami Heat is here to help. The team recently started asking fans to re-create famous moments — including the incredible Dwyane Wade buzzer-beater against the Chicago Bulls where his signature "This is my house!" battle cry was born.
Anyone with a basketball hoop and a phone can enter, and the submissions have been fun to take in. Good on the Heat's social-media team for getting creative in the name of staying home.
Cole made it. Wade had to make a phone call. As soon as the team arrived back home in Miami, the sports car belonged to Cole.
Jimmy Butler fixed that. He sent everyone a basketball hoop so they could keep their strokes nice while staying home. The knock on Butler before he arrived in Miami was that he was a terrible teammate. Since he's been here, he's proven to be the opposite.
The little things — they've been a breath of fresh air while we wait this thing out. Seeing the Heat pop up on our timelines has brought a smile to our faces more than once.
Not much else to say here. The Heat went out of its way to do what it could, even if it was far outside its expertise. The team could have done nothing, but it did something.
We miss seeing the Miami Heat win games. We even miss seeing them lose games. We miss it all. This time in quarantine has made Heat fans realize just how much basketball is a part of their lives. And we can't wait to see it return.