LeBron James, Heat are having fun again
Mar 03, 2013 (The Oklahoman - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
And you thought LeBron James was smiling after last year's NBA Finals.
That was mild compared to the Cheshire cat grin he flashes in the Miami Heat's viral tribute to the "Harlem Shake," which shook up the Internet with more than six million views on YouTube between Thursday night and Friday night.
The pressure that seemed to weigh so heavily on James in the 2011 NBA Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks noticeably disappeared with a four-game winning streak to claim last year's championship against the Thunder.
Literally and figuratively, you can't wipe the exaggerated smile off James' face these days. His facial expression in the video resembles one of the NBA's Big Head commercials, only it's actually James.
Players are decked in full wardrobe, except for Chris "Birdman" Andersen, who swoops in from stage left slowly flapping his arms to open the video.
"He (Andersen) is an unbelievable character," James told the Miami Herald. "He could easily be a character in a cartoon, so it was great for him to start it off."
Wardrobes came from local costume and party stores. Naturally, James is dressed as King James. Dwyane Wade is a teddy bear from "Saturday Night Fever." Chris Bosh was some sort of break-dancing cowboy. Ray Allen was the Phantom of the Opera.
"We didn't want to underdo it," Wade said. "We wanted to put everything into it. So it's fun."
Point guard Mario Chalmers dressed as "Super Mario" from the Nintendo video game and liked the costume so much he kept the hat. "He did not send the hat back, so he will be receiving a bill," James joked.
The video was done while the Heat was on a 12-game winning streak, which it stretched to 13 on Friday night with a home victory over Memphis. It took James and Wade roughly 30 minutes to edit.
"It's a long season, man," Wade told the Herald. "For us, it was just trying to enjoy the process. It's going to be 'go time' soon, and then we're not going to be able to do anything."
Thanks in part to the video, the Heat's team chemistry appears to be at an all-time high.
"With everything that goes on with our team from the outside, we have to figure out a way to keep ourselves sane and have fun," James said. "It's no disrespect to anyone we go against or the game itself. We approach the game like the best competitors, but in the meantime you have to appreciate more than just basketball."
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