LeBron James and the Miami Heat edged the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals on Thursday night, and while you were sleeping the newly-minted NBA champions were out soaking up the moment and creating memories. Among other things, they convinced Bill Russell to stay up past his bed time, visited the fine patrons of Denny's and said "no" to Drake. It was a good night.
1. Shane Battier goes to Denny's
What do you do when you've been crowned the basketball champions of the world? You go to Denny's and order up a Grand Slam breakfast, of course! That's at least what Shane Battier did. He's a man of the people. Hopefully this turns into an endorsement deal.
2. Dwyane Wade goes to the pool?
First he practiced his back stroke on the locker room floor...
Wade: "Ten years, 3 championships. Ain't no snow in Miami so only time u get to do this." pic.twitter.com/ga6PV3rM9l— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) June 21, 2013
Then he watched the sunrise and went for a swim, maybe? If he didn't take a dip, do you think he could throw a basketball into the pool from there? Seriously, look up his jump-shooting stats recently.
We ain't got no worries...2013 champs!!!!! pic.twitter.com/fylpXcCyUD— Way of WADE (@DwyaneWade) June 21, 2013
3. Drake gets rejected
Best moment: I got in the locker room. And Drake was denied access.— Shandel Richardson (@ShandelRich) June 21, 2013
4. LeBron sports the unlit cigar, Chalmers celebrates the fact that nobody is yelling at him
It's hard to yell at Mario Chalmers with the Larry O'Brien Trophy near you and an unlit cigar in your hand.
LeBron and a cigar sitting next to a catatonic Shaq http://t.co/YwKMd5rm6O— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) June 21, 2013
Mario (M-bleeping) Chalmers pic.twitter.com/cViMHBMujJ— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) June 21, 2013
5. Bill Russell stays up way past his bed time
Despite the dramatics of a do-or-die Game 7, Bill Russell was tired on Thursday night. In the third quarter, he let out "the yawn heard 'round the (Twitter)world." Then again, maybe it was his version of the Bosh roar!
He stayed up late to celebrate with the Heat, but there's no doubt he was ready for a nap. I mean, how the heck did he let Mario Chalmers worm his way into this picture filled with NBA greatness?
6. Heat fans stay late!
After the Game 6 debacle in which fans left the game early and were denied re-entry to one of the greatest NBA Finals contests of our era, Heat faithful made up for it by staying late and working overtime after Game 7.
Then again, the Fort Lauderdale airport knew they'd be able to find plenty of Heat fans leaving soon...
It's 6 AM at Fort Lauderdale Airport and the $29 Heat title T - shirts already for sale. pic.twitter.com/0xeaYShnWM— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 21, 2013
LOL. Watching the Miami morning news, and a newscaster just referred to the post-title club scene as a "groupie apocalypse." Bye.— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) June 21, 2013
The Heat are champions again, and the celebration is just beginning.