Nets 96, Heat 95. Now that we have covered the game, let's talk about more important things, like what the hell LeBron James was doing with his feet last night.
People instantly realized something weird was going on, namely that every time LeBron took a step, a flash of light shot into their faces as if they were having a near-death experience. Was LeBron wearing some vintage light-up L.A. Gear kicks or what?
ESPN's Mike Wallace was the first one to point out something weird was going on with LeBron's shoes.
LeBron is wearing shoes that light up on the heels when he runs.— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) March 12, 2014
Maybe it's just a very weird reflection from the lights. Either way, he's got something unique going on with those kicks.— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) March 12, 2014
Then others, like ESPN's Izzy Gutierrez, took notice.
@WallaceNBA_ESPN No, you're right. Dude's shoes are lighting up like kids shoes at Skechers. Can't possibly be NBA legal, right?— Israel Gutierrez (@IzzyESPN) March 12, 2014
Then he wasn't so sure. Probably nothing. Maybe LeBron isn't illuminating light with every step. Maybe we are all just really bored.
@WallaceNBA_ESPN Man, now I don't even know anymore. But it sure as heck looks like lights, but it's probably not.— Israel Gutierrez (@IzzyESPN) March 12, 2014
But wait! The Palm Beach Post's Jason Lieser saw it too!
I could be completely wrong and maybe it's just the glare, but it looks like LeBron is wearing light-up shoes tonight.— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) March 12, 2014
Then fans began confirming it, apparently via remote motion-detection cameras strapped to trees in the arena. Also, they made jokes about the shoes, because Twitter is for two things -- jokes and outrage.
YES!! I'm here witnessing this! RT @Rizzmigizz: Yeah, so LeBron's shoes def have lights in them.— Santi (@m_Santi_s) March 12, 2014
LeBron's shoes don't actually have lights in them. That is just the trapped soul of Jason Terry trying to escape.— JERK (@DanGnajerle) March 12, 2014
Lebron & I are going to be Twinsies! still have mine from '95 RT: @justin_kanew:LeBron is wearing shoes that light up on the heels.— Knicks Babe (@KnicksBabe) March 12, 2014
LA Gear? RT @WallaceNBA_ESPN: LeBron is wearing shoes that light up on the heels when he runs.— Jordan⏙ (@jordub) March 12, 2014
To the dark closet so we can see them dazzle @WallaceNBA_ESPN: LeBron is wearing shoes that light up on the heels when he runs.— Samfredable (@Samfredable) March 12, 2014
But then like a fart in the wind, the shoes were gone. Had the NBA told LeBron to switch? Did the shoes ever exist? What is life?
Lebron had on light up sneakers during the first quarter (!!!) and now he has on bright red ones... did you make him change @NBA ?— Liz Johnson (@LIZTHEGREAT) March 13, 2014
LeBron has changed his shoes. No longer lighting up/or reflecting.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) March 12, 2014
LeBron changed out of those shoes that might have been light-ups. Now he's got all red.— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) March 12, 2014
Were LeBron's shoes lighting up or did they just have tiny little mirrors to trick us all?— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) March 12, 2014
Loving all this talk of LeBron's possible light-up shoes #shoegaze— Michael Schwartz (@MikeMSchwartz) March 12, 2014
After the game, we learned it was all a lie. There were no lights. There were no mirrors. In reality, it was just a really shiny sticker-decal-pattern-thingy that reflected light in an odd way. Myth. Busted.
And now for the most important thing from tonight: LeBron's shoes in the first quarter did not have lights. Repeat, no lights!— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) March 13, 2014
But in the end, ESPN wins as always, because ESPN will talk about anything, you see.
ESPN is talking about LeBron's performance in his red shoes vs. his white shoes.
KILL.ME. NOW!— Jahan (@H00PINATI) March 13, 2014
ESPN headquarters are scrambling right now looking for excuses for why the Heat lost tonight. Im sure they'll blame LeBron's shoes— LAKERS, KINGS, COLTS (@LAKERFANKEVIN88) March 13, 2014
ESPN talking about how serious LeBron takes his appearance and how his shoes have to look good too
True journalism— Abraham Carrillo (@FxCxAxCxS) March 13, 2014