NBA Finals 2013: Heat fans make Los Angeles, West Coast fans look like die-hards

Everyone’s having a blast piling on the Miami Heat fans for infamously leaving the Game 6 NBA Finals overtime thriller against the San Antonio Spurs that the Heat miraculously won after Ray Allen hit an impossible 3-pointer from the corner in the waning seconds of regulation.

It turned out to be the most exciting game in team history and one of the best NBA games ever played, yet a handful of poor souls missed it all:

Here on the West Coast, and especially in Los Angeles, fans have a bad reputation for being of the fair-weather variety and disinterested. The come-late-leave-early routine was practically invented in Southern California to escape losing efforts and bad traffic. Who could forget the 1988 World Series Game 1 that saw plenty of Los Angelinos head to the parking lot and miss perhaps the greatest moment in modern Los Angeles Dodgers history when Kirk Gibson hit a two-run, walkoff blast to secure a 5-4 win?

That was bad, but on Tuesday night, Florida came through again in the most Florida-like way.

Heat fans took it to another level during Game 6. Not only did they leave the game early, but they had the nerve to act like they should have been let back in after the fact as security guards denied them entry.

Nice work, security guards.

If that weren’t enough, there’s actual footage somewhere of these losers speaking with local media as to how the Heat could’ve lost Game 6 at home. The reporters caught soundbites of these folks discussing how they could possibly recover from such a letdown.

“This wasn’t our year,” said one fan via a clip on “The Jim Rome Show.”

No, it sure isn’t your year, Heat fans, but fortunately, your team has a real chance at redeeming at least some credibility for professional hoops in that town.

It was embarrassing for not only the folks in South Beach, but NBA and sports fans everywhere. It was an outstanding day for the Miami Heat, their coaching staff and more importantly, their players. They played with heart, and the best player in the world in LeBron James showcased why he’s the reigning MVP.

For their fans, however, it was their worst day ever.

(Photo Credit: Bomani_Jones via Instagram)

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.


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