The Birdman has finally landed in a cage fit for an NBA champion.
Miami Heat star Chris “Birdman” Andersen, who signed a two-year, $2.8 million deal with the team over the summer, plunked down $1.89 million for a five-bedroom, five-bathroom mansion in the Collins Acres area of Pinecrest.
Andersen obtained a $417,000 mortgage for the one-acre property on Southwest 107th Street, not too far from troubled NBA star Lamar Odom’s crib. It’s got a lighted tennis court, heated free-form pool and separate guest house.
The main house, 7,505 square feet with marble floors throughout, includes a large living room, super-sized family room with a fireplace, a well-equipped entertaining sized kitchen, and a master suite with enough room for a gym.
Said Brian Shapiro Forster, the listing agent: “Pinecrest is a perfect place for Birdman. Where else could he get an acre with a lot of privacy and with a lit tennis court that he can make into a full-sized basketball court?”
Evidence wasn’t there
Miami-Dade County prosecutors opted to not pursue a DUI case against Tracy Mourning, the socialite wife of Miami Heat great Alonzo Mourning, because they didn’t think they could prove she was drunk Feb. 8 when she was pulled over by police after a night out with the girls.
While Miami-Dade PD cop Richard Closius was right to suspect Mourning was inebriated at 3:30 a.m., the prosecutor added in a memo to justify the case closing, there wasn’t enough evidence to bring her to trial.
Never mind that Mourning had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and the odor of booze on her breath!
According to prosecutor Joseph Mansfield, Mourning’s roadside tests were inconclusive.
Mourning’s eyes couldn’t properly follow a moving object, but she had perfect balance as she stayed in place, the memo reveals.
She lost her balance during a walk-and-turn exercise and couldn’t touch the tip of her nose three of the six times she tried — but showed great control when asked to stand on one leg.
The memo adds that Mourning was fully cooperative, polite and conducted a “meaningful” conversation with Closius in which she asked to take another field sobriety test and refused a Breathalyzer.
Finally, friends of Mourning’s testified she drank wine with dinner but then switched to water because she had been picked as designated driver.
In the end, Mourning pleaded no contest to careless driving and will attend DUI school.
Said Chris Lyons, her attorney: “The state conducted a thorough and careful review of the facts and evidence.”
Moving on up
Real Housewives of Miami’s Joanna Krupa has just spent $1.4 million to buy a 42nd-floor condo in one of downtown Miami’s swankiest towers.
Public records show Krupa and new husband Romain Zago, a nightclub owner, signed the deed Sept. 23. They obtained a $1.1 million mortgage.
The lovebirds have been moving their stuff from a waterfront rental in Miami Beach.
They were cleared to move into 2,100-square-foot apartment 42C by the condo commandos at Millenium Tower, according to records. The skyscraper is in the hip Brickell Avenue canyon.
According to Realtors, Krupa’s crib offers an unobstructed, airplane-style view of the city, Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic.
Her unit, built in 2003, includes stone tile and marble floors, silk grass-cloth wall coverings, floor-to-ceiling windows, electronically activated blinds, a surround sound system, Murano glass cabinets and much more.