The Heat will hold their victory parade on the streets of Miami beginning at 11 a.m. ET on Monday, and among the heightened security measures in place will be the banning of backpacks by city officials.
Backpacks were used by those who set off the bombs at the Boston Marathon a couple of months back, so naturally, organizers of large events are going to do everything they can from a security standpoint to prevent something like that from happening in the future.
Several major events have not allowed fans to carry backpacks or bags of a certain size after the Boston Marathon bombings earlier this year, including the Penn Relays and horse racing’s Triple Crown races. Earlier this month, the NFL said it would also not allow backpacks in its stadiums this coming season.
The parade route is almost two miles long, and will start at the corner of SW 8th Street and 2nd Avenue, head east on 8th Street then north on Brickell Avenue, across the bridge and north on Biscayne Boulevard, before ending at the American Airlines Arena. A map of the route can be seen below.
An estimated 400,000 people attended the Heat’s parade a season ago.
Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs
Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:
Dwight Howard just told us on Texans Radio that he played through a torn MCL and meniscus during the WCF vs the Warriors
It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.
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