Video of Miami Heat players’ close call during parade goes viral

 

lyanez@MiamiHerald.com

It all went perfectly well Monday for the Miami Heat: The well-attended parade and the splashy celebration inside AmericanAirlines Arena.

But just like in Games 6 and 7 of the NBA Finals, seconds could have produced a different outcome and LeBron James, once again, saved the day.

A video captured by a “LeBron cam” set up on his bus and featured on Sun Sports’ broadcast of the parade, went viral Monday night, and showed how horribly wrong things could have gone.

Here’s what happened:

As the slightly-delayed parade began rolling around 11:15 a.m. in downtown Miami, the giant double-decker red, Big Bus Tours buses — carrying the million-dollar Heat players, their loved ones and team executives — rushed to get in place near the InterContinental Hotel on the south end of Biscayne Boulevard.

But the drivers forgot how high the six-foot plus passengers would be — standing on top of double decker buses.

As the shiny red buses approach a series of low concrete overpasses as they move south on Southwest Second Avenue, an alert James, his son and fellow teammate Juwan Howard flanking him, realizes that they might not clear the 14-feet-6 structure. James quickly turns and warns others on the bus to duck, saving the day.

A concerned-looking James believes the danger has passed, but before he knows it, there is a second low overhead just south of Southwest First Street — and the bus keeps moving at a fast clip. James tells everyone to get down again.

As James then turns around, a third overpass surprises him and comes feet from his head. At the last minute, James safely ducks, averting a terrible fate — again.

A spokesman for Big Bus Tours said the route was a joint effort with the city of Miami and the Miami Heat.

"Everyone was aware" of the low clearance and decided that the route was fine, said bus company spokesman Seth Gordon.

He said a staff person at the rear of the bus screamed "low bridge" through a megaphone, but James was at the front of the vehicle and was likely preoccupied with fans.

"That's why he looked startled."

The bus was equipped with a camera on the upper deck so the driver would have stopped if he saw anything dangerous to the people up top, the spokesman said.

"We just want to be clear: We did not try to kill LeBron James."

Miami Herald staffer Adrian Ruhi contributed to this report.

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