Local pastor writes book about how Miami Heat has inspired him

 

A local pastor has been so inspired by the Miami Heat that he took unusual step: He wrote a book about it.

The book, The Heat Man, is Abraham J. Thomas’ first-person account of the Heat’s journey since the summer of 2010, when Dwyane Wade re-signed with Miami and LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined the team.

Thomas received NBA permission to write the 291-pound book and sell it inside the Heat’s AmericanAirlines Arena retail store.

Thomas, 66, said he was motivated to write the book, which was completed last December, because “this was history in the making. This galvanized our community. Three rich men decided to put money on the back burner to lower their egos and dedicate themselves to a purpose.”

Thomas, an associate pastor at Mount Hermon Church in Miami Gardens, said he has sold about 200 copies and needs to sell 2,000 to break even.

Though the Heat said Thomas is not a season-ticket holder, he said he has missed only three games over the past two years. He often leads fans in cheers from his seat behind the basket near the Heat bench. “People started calling me Heat Man last year,” he said.

Heat spokesperson Lorrie-Ann Diaz called him a “superfan and a staple at our games.”

BARRY JACKSON

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