Tag: Heat fans

LeBron James,  Dwayne Wade, Joel Anthony, Chris Bosh, Carlos Arroyo

Miami Heat reminds its fans how to be, um, fans


The Miami Heat have the most star-studded roster east of Los Angeles — but they don’t want their fans to be like Lakers fans.

Well, they want them to be rich and willing to pay for overpriced seats like Lakers fans. But they don’t want the Los Angeles fans reputation of showing up late to games, being more interested in their Blackberries during said game (looking up only for the Laker Girls routines), then leaving early to beat traffic.

They want “real” fans. “Fan Up.” Whatever that means. So the Heat PR put together a video to challenge their fan base — or insult and nag them, depending on how you view it. Plus they started a campaign on how to be a better fan by doing things like showing up on time, staying the entire game. Check out the video.

This is just wrong on a lot of levels — trying to shame your fan base into being “good” or being what you want them to be is only going to backfire. This is not going to change the late-arriving, laid back, party atmosphere in Miami’s arena, it’s just going to make fans feel like their mother is nagging them.

Stop it. You don’t see this from the Lakers — if you’re paying that much for the seat, do what you want with it in LA. The “real” Lakers fans arrive on time in the 300 level above the luxury boxes at Staples, that’s where the real noise comes from during games. Those real fans fill bars and drive television ratings up in Los Angeles. The celebs in the expensive seats play to their own beat, as does the city. The Lakers just let them dance to their drummer.

Embrace your fan base for what they are, Miami. Don’t try to change them into the Boston fan base. For their sake and yours.

Heat fans skip several steps, chant “Beat L.A” during scrimmage


We don’t really know how good this Heat team will be — the big three have spent just over three minutes together on the court so far. It’s been a bit of a wasted preseason for the Heat. The players get it and have said they are not looking too far ahead yet.

The fans… they are looking ahead.

At an open scrimmage the Heat hosted Sunday fans started a “Beat L.A.” chant, according to a tweet from Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

Miami fans, David Stern may share your dream of a Heat/Lakers finals but, um, there’s the little issue of Boston and Orlando out East. Got to get by them before you can earn a shot at the Lakers.

That would be the Celtics with the long front line you will struggle to match up with. That would be the Orlando Magic that are going to run a point guard/center pick and roll that attacks your two weakest positions.

Heat fans, you are going to have a good team But you look past the rest of the East at your own peril. And you just gave them some bulletin board material.