Miami Heat Parade: Date, Time and Expected Route for Championship Celebration
Miami is certainly going to be excited to parade its triumphant squad through the streets, on a jubilant occasion similar to last year, after capturing the NBA's most coveted hardware.
The team's official Twitter page revealed that the parade will take on a similar route as last season, centered on Biscayne Boulevard:
…and there will be another parade down beautiful Biscayne Boulevard! #HEATRepeat— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) June 21, 2013
According to a staff report by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the parade will begin on Monday, June 24 at 11 a.m., with more specific details to be provided on Friday afternoon.
A rally inside the Heat's home AmericanAirlines Arena will be held thereafter, but attending that event does require the purchase of a ticket.
Although the exact route has yet to be announced, it's not likely to deviate too significantly from the 2012 version. As the Miami Herald documented, the planned route had the victors beginning in Brickell Village on Southeast Eighth Street and Second Avenue.
Once the team hit Brickell Avenue and crossed over the Miami River, they then took the stroll down Biscayne Boulevard to get to the arena.
The 2013 celebration in South Beach commenced after Thursday's showdown, with the team having a victory party at the Story nightclub, according to the Miami Herald's Adam H. Beasley. Now, though, is the opportunity for the repeat title winners to share their incredible achievement with the city.
LeBron James drove his Heat squad to victory with 37 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in the clinching win, and was again the Most Valuable Player.
That backed up the MVP award he notched in the regular season. James put up 25.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, seven assists and over two steals in the series.
Only two of Miami's "Big Three" showed up in Game 7. Big man Chris Bosh misfired on all five of his field-goal attempts and posted a bagel in the points column.
However, Dwyane Wade ground through the pain in his bruised right knee to contribute 23 points of his own. Point guard Mario Chalmers added 14 and Shane Battier poured in a whopping six three-pointers to finish with 18.
ESPN Stats & Info highlighted just how clutch Battier's shooting showcase was:
With his 6th 3-pt FG of the night, Shane Battier ties postseason Game 7 record. The others? Joe Johnson in 2009 and Tim Hardaway in 1997.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 21, 2013
Are the Miami Heat a dynasty?
Regardless of how it was done, the Heat overcame incredible adversity in being pushed to seven games in each of their final two playoff series to win yet another ring—the franchise's third in its history.
The Spurs had their own formidable trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. They have all won multiple championships together, and they were flanked by a deep supporting cast that head coach Gregg Popovich knew how to utilize and match up well with Miami's personnel.
However, it wasn't quite enough for the senior San Antonio squad, as the best player in the league took another big step.
James is continually moving himself up into the ranks of all-time great players, and the repeat further justifies his move to the team with Bosh and Wade as a free agent in the summer of 2010.
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