To the victor go the spoils.
Thousands of fans will line the streets of downtown Miami on Monday for the team's championship parade. As reported by the Miami Sun Sentinel on Friday afternoon, the start of the work week for most will also be the start of what should be a four month-long celebration in South Beach.
Sun Sports will carry the event live on Monday morning on (via Fox Sports Florida on Twitter):
Per the official report from that tweet, the live stream can be found on FoxSportsFlorida.com. Take a look at the official event details below.
|MIAMI HEAT 2012-13 CHAMPIONSHIP PARADE INFO|
|When||Monday, June 24, at 11 a.m. ET|
|Route||Click Here (via Miami-Dade County)|
|Watch||Sun Sports (check local listings)|
Miami's official Twitter account posted about the parade following the big win on Thursday night, confirming that Biscayne Boulevard would once again be rocking in joyous fashion for what has quickly turned into an NBA dynasty:
…and there will be another parade down beautiful Biscayne Boulevard! #HEATRepeat— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) June 21, 2013
It won't be easy to top the celebration carved out last summer, but there's plenty to be excited about these days when it comes to the Miami Heat.
The franchise won it's third NBA championship with the Finals win over the Spurs, LeBron James now has two NBA Finals MVP trophies to his name after averaging close to a triple double (25.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists) over the course of the series and any chatter about breaking up the Big Three of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can be tabled for now.
Miami will also carry its no two-game losing streak mark into next season, extended throughout the course of the playoffs and finalized by staving off elimination and beating the Spurs in overtime in Game 6.
Game 7 had less drama than it's counterpart from Tuesday, but San Antonio was in the game as the two minute mark hit the clock. A Tim Duncan missed layup will likely haunt Spurs fans everywhere when they see the replays of the championship victory.
But Miami, and James in particular, should be commended for going out and taking this victory. LBJ had 37 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and five three-pointers in his team's legacy-defining win on Thursday, consistently playing simple basketball by taking what the defense gave him.
There's a parade being scheduled because of it.
James, unsung heroes Shane Battier, Ray Allen, Mike Miller, Chris Andersen, three-time Heat champions Wade and Udonis Haslem and the rest of the Heat roster and coaching staff can now share in this victory with the city and the fans that helped make it all possible.
As noted by ESPN's Mark Jones, the fans were already rocking Biscayne Boulevard with the parade still a few days out. The celebration might start Monday, but there's a case to be made that it started when the buzzer sounded on Thursday night:
They're jammin and makin noise with pots and pans,really TURNT Up on Biscayne Blvd and 8th St.But I'm stayin off the beach.Too crunk. lol— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) June 21, 2013
After the parade has run its course on the streets of the city, the party will move back into the American Airlines Arena for a ticketed celebration rally.
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It's been quite the season for Miami, including a league MVP winner in James, a 27-game winning streak in the second half of the season and a No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference that culminated with the NBA Finals win over San Antonio.
To the victor go the spoils, and if there was ever a time to give into the spoils, it's right now in Miami. Start making plans for Monday's parade now if you call the Heat your team, and make sure your excuse to miss work is valid enough to avoid backlash from your boss.
Hopefully your boss is already a Heat fan.
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