Heat take first step toward three peat
by Shaun Powell, Sports on Earth
The ring ceremony was missing something on Tuesday, something besides Mike Miller, who was shipped off last summer in a cost-cutting move, because even billionaire owners have a budget. Inside American Airlines Arena, where the court served as a 3D screen showing action clips of a championship season, an expected element was curiously lacking. Emotion? Yes, that’s the word.
None of the Heat players behaved like kids at recess when they received their new toys. There were smiles but no laughter, hand-slaps instead of hugs, a slow walk to midcourt but no “Harlem Shuffle”. The Heat acted as if they’d been there before, and come to think of it, they had. Commissioner David Stern, who handed out the rings, likely felt the only strong, emotional tug; this was his final ceremony before he signs off on Feb. 1.