Miami Heat Parade 2012: Rain May Turn Celebration into Total Mess

Stephen Babb@@StephenBabbFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 21:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat answers questions from the media next to the Larry O'Brien Finals Championship trophy during his post game press conference after they won 121-106 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Five of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 21, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Oklahoma City Thunder couldn't find a way to rain on the Miami Heat's parade, but the sky just might. According to Miami Herald Staff, the weather isn't looking good for Monday's title parade: 

Chances are high that MVP LeBron James and the rest of the Miami Heat will be rained on as the parade celebrating their victory rolls across downtown Miami.

Thanks to Tropical Depression Debby, the National Weather Service has put at 60 percent the chance of rain on Monday during the 11 a.m. parade.

A "Debby downer" indeed.

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 21:  Team owner Micky Arison of the Miami Heat holds up the Larry O'Brien Championship trophy as he celebrates with his players after they won 121-106 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Five of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 21, 2012
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Fortunately, some of the festivities will take place inside American Airlines Arena, but the parade itself is scheduled to go on as planned, rain notwithstanding.

Miami's detractors will perhaps take some small joy in a messy parade, but no amount of downpour should dampen the satisfaction of thousands of Heat fans. Yes, this is the city's second title in seven years, but it's LeBron James' first—a fact that hasn't been lost on anyone even loosely following league news.

Chris Bosh, Shane Battier, Mike Miller and Juwan Howard are among the other veterans celebrating their first rings.

In some ways, a rainy parade might be a fitting way for this club to cap off a season that was anything but a fairy tale.

The Heat have endured two years of criticism and heightened scrutiny since LeBron James' decision to leave behind the Cleveland Cavaliers. Those barbs reached a boiling point after the 2011 NBA Finals when the Dallas Mavericks stormed back from a 2-1 deficit to claim the title.

James' own performance was nothing to remember, and Miami's first go-around disappointed those expecting perfection from day one.

This year, Miami overcame a nine-game postseason absence from Chris Bosh and a number of playoff performances from Dwyane Wade that were sub-par by his standards.

What's a little rain after all this club has endured?

Tropical Storm Debby has already covered South Florida in rain and even set off a tornado watch in the region.

The inclement weather should begin to turn around on Monday, but probably not in time to spare fearless Miami Heat fans.