The Miami Heat celebrated in grand fashion with an enormous parade through the streets of Miami on Monday morning, allowing the fans to join in on the celebration and commemorate their 2012 NBA Championship.
Hundred’s of thousands of people filled the streets as players rolled by in double-decker busses, celebrating their latest victory for the city of Miami. There were exotic cars, flat-bed trucks and parade vehicles galore that helped make the celebration non-stop excitement for the fans that decided to brave the weather in celebration, reports CBS.
A lucky 15,000 parade goers made it into the arena to celebrate with the newly minted champions while they earnestly thanked the fans.
With the NBA Championship trophy sitting center stage, each player uniquely approached the coveted trophy, giving it a greeting as if it was their first experience with the object of their affection.
“I appreciate all our fans for sticking with us,” said Dwayne Wade, adding,
“Best fans in the world.”
As the players took turns hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy into the air, fans could see the joy that filled the players hearts as they were each able to express the happiness in boyhood dreams come true.
“It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had. … This was my dream, right here, to be able to hoist that Larry O’Brien Trophy up, hug it, grab it, never want to let it go,” NBA Champion Lebron James said.
The Miami Heat were able to brush the critics aside and take the series from the Oklahoma City Thunder 4 games to 1.
“People from the outside, they criticized this group, this team,” Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said.
“They counted this team out. But they never estimated how close this group was as a family. Every single one of these players had to sacrifice something, either money, opportunity, minutes to be a part of this team. And it was all for a moment like this.”
Fans seemed rather pleased with the festivities after many began lining up as early as 3 a.m. to make sure they had a good seat to see their favorite players, and in good fashion Heat player Chris Bosh made sure that fans inside and outside the arena knew that they were thankful for their support.
“It feels right,” Bosh said. “This is how it’s supposed to be … and I would like to do it all the time.”