That was the theme of the day as the Miami Heat celebrated their NBA championship with a parade and a rally at American Airlines Arena, their first there since that fateful day when LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh emerged from the fog and James predicted multiple championships..
Never mind that this is the first; this wasn’t the day on which to count. “This is the best feeling I’ve ever had in my basketball career,” James, the league and NBA Finals MVP, said. “This is my dream right here.”
There also was a little “us-against-the-world” talk that champions love. The outside world “didn’t support this team. They counted this team out,” Coach Erik Spoelstra said. “But they never estimated how close this team was as a family. ... Today is about the fiesta. Let’s show everybody how we do it.”
Wade handed Hublot watches (he endorses them) to owner Micky Arison, Spoelstra and team executive Pat Riley — all of whom sported black-rimmed glasses. One pair eventually ended up on the Larry O’Brien Trophy, which, on this day, was the real star of the show.