“We talk about team,” said Haslem, who later stepped aside against the Spurs in a series that dictated an entirely different set of matchup problems. “This was the ultimate team. Each round, each game, each series, somebody else stepped up to help this team reach its ultimate goal, and somebody had to sacrifice in order for that to happen.
“That’s what we do. We stepped back and let somebody else take over when we needed to, we stepped up when we needed to, whatever it took to get it done.”
In Game 7, it was Battier’s turn, and afterwards he even acknowledged that at some point during his amazing run he felt a little bit like Miller, who made seven three-pointers in the series-clinching Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals.
For the Heat to win the championship and survive one of the most grueling final months any team has endured in NBA history, it took a complete team effort. And now Monday is here, and it’s time to celebrate that togetherness.
“I love to see my city come together,” Haslem said. “There’s no more unity than when we win the championship and those people get together for that parade to cheer us on.”
Make a wish
Searching for that perfect memento to remember the Heat’s 2013 NBA championship?
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida has teamed up with the NBA and the Heat to produce 5,000 officially licensed basketballs to commemorate one of the greatest postseasons in South Florida sports history.
The basketballs are $99 and proceeds will be used to fund Make-A-Wish Foundation Southern Florida, which grants wishes for local Make-A-Wish children, many of whom have life-threatening medical conditions. To order, fans can call 1-800-345-2868 or visit sfla.wish.org.
Another championship means another trip to the White House for the Heat. President Barack Obama called Spoelstra after the championship to congratulate the Heat and invite the team back to the White House. According to the White House’s official transcript of the call, “the President noted the Heat’s relentless determination in what was an historic season for the team and their MVP, LeBron James.”