|Miami Heat Player Chris Anderson, The Birdman|
My brother and his wife are from New York but both are becoming snow birds...slowly. They are diehard Yankee fans and never really followed basketball but my brother swore he was a New York Knicks fan. We decided to take them both to a Miami Heat game for my brother's birthday. They liked the excitement in the arena and have since bought tickets for a play-off game.
The Miami Heat has become a topic of conversation among us, except my brother always ends it insisting he is still a Knicks fan. We went to a bar Monday night to watch the Miami Heat play the Boston Celtics. We were surrounded by 4 big screens of the Miami Heat playing which made the experience more intense. It was a nail biter at the end and my sister-in-law was out of her chair saying "I can't look" as she worked off her manicure in the last seconds of the game. The Heat won their 23rd game in a row.
My brother still insisted he was a Knicks fan when the game ended. I asked him: Name one Knicks player. He stared at me, thought a few seconds, and said "I can't." I said name one Heat player. He rattled off: "Lebron" then slowly he added "Wade, Chalmers, Bosh and the Birdman." He actually named 5 players, forgetting only one starter: Udonis Haslem. The table was silent. Yes, we were all looking at a freshly minted Miami Heat fan.